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The Is­rael Mis­sile De­fense Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IMDO) has con­ducted a suc­cess­ful flight test of the Ar­row 3 anti-bal­lis­tic mis­sile sys­tem at an Is­raeli test range over the Mediter­ranean Sea. Car­ried out in col­lab­o­ra­tion with of­fi­cials from the US Mis­sile De­fense Agency (MDA), the launch rep­re­sents the se­cond fly­out test of the interceptor, and did not in­volve in­ter­cep­tion of a dummy mis­sile. The test-fir­ing also marks a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in Ar­row-3’s de­vel­op­ment, and pro­vides con­fi­dence in fu­ture Is­raeli ca­pa­bil­i­ties to de­feat the emerg­ing bal­lis­tic mis­sile threat. An un­named se­nior de­fence source was quoted by the Jerusalem Post as say­ing the interceptor ob­tained hy­per­sonic speed fol­low­ing launch, and reached an al­ti­tude of 100 km en­ter­ing space. “It fol­lowed var­i­ous ob­jects, such as stars, and gained fur­ther al­ti­tude. Its en­gine stopped af­ter six min­utes,” the source said.

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