Arrow 3 – Israel successfully tests anti-ballistic missile system

Unlike Israel’s other missile defense systems, Arrow 3 will be capable of intercepting a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead, namely Iran’s Shahab, in outer space. This most recent test only measured mission launch and flight path, not it’s intercept ability. According to an Israeli Defense Ministry official, Arrow 3 was designed in main part as a response to the Iranian ballistic missiles.

YAHOO NEWS – Israel and the U.S. on Monday carried out a successful test of the next-generation Arrow 3 missile defense system, for the first time sending an interceptor into outer space, where it could destroy missiles fired from Iran.

The Arrow 3 is part of a multilayered system that Israel is developing to protect against a range of missile threats, from short-range rockets in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon to medium and longer-range missiles in the hands of Syria and Iran. The Arrow system is being developed to protect against sophisticated Iranian-made Shahab ballistic missiles.

Israel’s Defense Ministry said it was the first flight test of the Arrow 3 interceptor. It was conducted at an Israeli test range over the Mediterranean Sea. The system is about three years away from becoming operational.

“The Arrow 3 interceptor was successfully launched and flew an exo-atmospheric trajectory through space, in accordance with the test plan,” it said in a statement. “The successful test is a major milestone in the development of the Arrow 3 weapon system and provides further confidence in future Israeli defense capabilities to defeat the developing ballistic missile threat.”

Iran’s Shahab ballistic missile can carry a nuclear warhead and has a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), putting Israel and parts of Europe within range. With Iran suspected by the international community of trying to develop a nuclear weapon, the success of the Arrow is considered critical for Israel. …

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the test shows Israel’s technological capabilities as well as its close cooperation with the U.S. “Israel’s hand is always extended for peace, but we are always prepared for other options as well,” Netanyahu said after a meeting with Mideast envoy Tony Blair Monday afternoon.

A senior Defense Ministry official said the test was conducted “100 percent successfully.”

“This is the first time the interceptor with all of its equipment took off and flew, achieved its velocity and did the maneuver in space,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity under ministry regulations. “The Iranian missiles are a main factor to why this system was developed,” he said, but he stressed that the test was not connected to a specific regional development. …

The Arrow 3, expected to be operational around 2016, would give Israel an additional layer of defense by targeting incoming missiles far closer to their time of launch. The Arrow 2 system, which intercepts targets inside the atmosphere, is already operational.


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  • Well, the Israelis are going to need it, and soon. With Obama, Kerry, and Hagel in this administration, Israel isn’t about to get any help from the United States in facing down Iran. Obama and Kerry are already beginning to accept a nuclear-armed Iran and will probably try for “containment.” The UN sanctions are a joke and will never stop the Iranians from getting a nuclear bomb. The UN has much, much, tougher sanctions against North Korea and they have already exploded three nuclear bombs. So much for sanctions. No, Israel is going to have to make a tough decision, probably as soon as this summer or fall. Either fight and die standing, or appease and give in to a new dark age dominated by religious fanatics in Iran. Some choice.

    • Sober_Thinking


      It sucks that Israel won’t be able to reach out to America for a lifeline – although I’m glad that we seem to be currently helping them. 2016 seems like a long way away…

      God is in control and no one will lay a hand against Israel while it remains under His protection.

      • badbadlibs

        “God is in control and no one will lay a hand against Israel while it remains under His protection.”

        As I understand it, there is some Biblical prophesy to be fulfilled via Israel being attacked. Looks like it would be WWIII, and I wonder if that isn’t what’s in store sooner then anyone would like?

        • Sober_Thinking

          It’s kind of funny you should mention that… My Pastor hinted at the same thing this past Sunday. Basically he was saying that the wheels are in motion and Bible prophecy is unfolding right now… and of course, that we should make sure we’re right with God.

          This is all exciting and ominous all at once.

  • freeperjim

    2016 may be too late

  • Kordane

    I doubt that Iran is developing one nuclear weapon. I expect it will be developing many nuclear weapons so that it can utterly obliterate the state of Israel.

    Type in Tel-Aviv, and detonate various nuke types on it from the drop-down menu.

    To destroy the entire state, you’d need to drop about half a dozen of the biggest nukes ever made, and that’s IF you can get them past Israeli defenses.

    Everyone says “One nuke is enough to destroy Israel”, but they’re just talking about the EMP and radiation; they’re not talking about the complete destruction of buildings and people living there, which is what the Iranians really want. They want genocide. They want total annihilation. They want to wipe the country clean in one fell swoop.

    • Sober_Thinking

      VERY scary… but you’re right.

    • Conniption Fitz

      The nature of Iran is revealed in its close working fellowship with North Korea.

      Birds of a feather…

      While ‘Palestine’ (Arabs posing as Palestinians) is upping its episodic violence and calling for Intifada/jihad/fatwa, etc….

      North Korea is also threatening ‘destruction’ if US troops practice maneuvers with SKorea in March.

      We shall see.

    • Watchman74

      I think one nuke is really all it would take, Israel could never recover from that. Whoever is left would be easy pickings.

      • factsobill

        I’m sure everyone will rush for beachfront radioactive property!

  • Maybe it’s time Israel considered a “strike first” policy. When you know an enemy is gearing up to murder you and all your family, do you wait around twirling your fingers, glancing up at the clock, yawning and wondering when are they going to get to your house or do you take action while you can and while you are still strong enough to fight off this evil bully?

    • badbadlibs

      Good post, Wolfie!

    • Conniption Fitz

      They will if necessary.

    • factsobill

      Real fan of the War in Iraq, Eh! Seems like W tried that and the result is more islamic terrorists than ever! O’s kept most of what W was doing in place for lack of a better idea! O now has destablized North Africa and has more US troops on the ground in Africa than ever! Do you really think that Israel hasn’t beaten you to the punch on 1st strike policy!

  • Conniption Fitz

    Great news! May the Lord protect His people. God is the keeper of Israel.

  • What Iran and other camel riding nutjobs need to realize is that if Israel is attacked with nukes, they will fire any and all their nukes back in retaliation! Iran may hit Israel with one, but Iran will be a huge crater in the ground or a flat glass desert for all time!

  • mikeinidaho

    Hmm, I bet that really pizzes off the anti-Semite, pro-Iranian Obama administration!
    And the UN will be having hissy-fits and will call Israel the “aggressor” in the Middle East.
    God bless Israel and the USA.

  • factsobill

    Lib, didn’t you read the article? Try the 1st sentence again! Israel and the US are at present still working very closely! While O hasn’t been the best POTUS He is still working with the Israelis, but he either can’t empathize or won’t! We may need the Arrow ourselves soon! Molon Labe!

  • Essential Intel

    The Arrow-3 is needed because the Arrow-2 may not suffice for the neutralization of an incoming nuclear warhead, which needs be conducted before it returns in to the Atmosphere. This holds for the 2nd interception attempt too. There’s also the future concern of MIRV, which can be handled effectively only by means of destroying the carrier platform i.e. prior to the separation of the Re-Entry vehicles. The USA would have to buy Arrow-3 systems for deployment in Saudi-Arabia and Germany for deployment in Romania, both facing Iran. The decades-long life-cycle of the Arrow-3 suggests a dependency on Israel for the security of the free-world for the generations to come. Details here: