Boe­ing and Is­rael Aerospace In­dus­tries’ Ar­row 3 Interceptor com­pletes 2nd flight test

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The next-gen­er­a­tion Ar­row 3 interceptor, co-de­vel­oped by Boe­ing and Is­rael Aerospace In­dus­tries’ (IAI) MLM Di­vi­sion, has com­pleted its se­cond suc­cess­ful flight test, fur­ther demon­strat­ing its abil­ity to en­hance Is­rael’s multi-tier anti-bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­fense strategy.

Ar­row 3 is the lat­est interceptor for the Ar­row weapon sys­tem jointly de­vel­oped by Is­rael and the United States. It can be launched ear­lier af­ter threat de­tec­tion and en­gage threats at higher al­ti­tudes out­side the Earth’s at­mos­phere than pre­vi­ous in­ter­cep­tors.

“This suc­cess­ful flight test, 10 months af­ter the first, is an im­por­tant mile­stone in the decade-long part­ner­ship be­tween IAI and Boe­ing in the Ar­row pro­gramme, and a demon­stra­tion of the ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions that come from global co­op­er­a­tion in the face of evolv­ing threats,” said Bill Dick­er­hoff, Ar­row Pro­gram Di­rec­tor for Boe­ing.

The flight was con­ducted by the Is­rael Min­istry of De­fense and the US Mis­sile De­fense Agency dur­ing a test of Is­rael’s na­tional mis­sile de­fense sys­tem. The Ar­row sys­tem is the world’s first op­er­a­tional, na­tional mis­sile de­fense sys­tem. Prime con­trac­tor IAI-MLM is re­spon­si­ble for interceptor de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion and sys­tem in­te­gra­tion. Boe­ing co-de­vel­ops and co-pro­duces the Ar­row 3 interceptor and pro­vides interceptor com­po­nents for the in-ser­vice Ar­row 2.

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