The Israeli Air Force has reportedly taken delivery of an operational Arrow-III anti-ballistic missile defence system.
The Arrow-III interceptor, a part of the Arrow weapon system (AWS), was jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and US-based Boeing.
The AWS air defence system has been designed to detect, track, intercept and destroy incoming tactical ballistic missiles carrying a range of warheads, IAI said in a statement.
IAI vice-president Boaz Levi was quoted by DefenseNews as saying: “Arrow-III is the result of many years of development efforts, based on a solution for an additional level of air defence allowing missile interception at very high-altitudes in space.”
The system's open architecture enables integration and interoperability with other national air and missile defence systems.
The AWS, which also includes Arrow II, is highly effective for multi-tier / long range defence, the statement said.
Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) head Moshe Patel was quoted by DefenseNews as saying: “Today we’re entering a new era; the Arrow-3 era.
“We’re very proud to deliver to the Israel Air Force the first initial capability of Arrow-III [a programme] we’ve worked on for the last ten years, together with MDA and with a lot of help from the US Congress and the US administration.”
IAI MLM is the prime contractor for Arrow system and is responsible for system analysis, system definition, performance tradeoffs, development and production of the Arrow II missiles, launch control center (LCC) and the Arrow launcher system integration.