Israel, US Test Missile Defense in Alaska

Israel, US Test Missile Defense in Alaska

Israel, US Test Missile Defense in Alaska

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the joint operation at the opening of the weekly Sunday cabinet meeting, saying the "secretive" tests had been conducted over the course of the past several weeks.

According to Israel's defense ministry, the test successfully demonstrated a "hit-to-kill" capability of high-altitude targets outside the atmosphere, using a US-made AN\TPY2 radar, thus successfully demonstrating an operational link-up between the United States detection radar and Israeli missile systems.

USA and Israeli officials say tests in Alaska of a jointly developed missile defense system have been successful.

The defense system is based on four operational layers: Iron Dome Defense System, David's Sling Weapon System, the Arrow-2, and the Arrow-3.

The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, attended Sunday's meeting of Netanyahu's cabinet, where he and the ministers watched a video of an Alaska missile interception.

In a statement, the Israeli Defense Ministry said the tests were carried out in Alaska to try out features that were not allowed to be tested in Israel.

In 2017, then-U.S. Missile Defense Agency director Navy Vice Admiral James Syring told a congressional hearing that due to significant range constraints in the Mediterranean, "one of the better places to test [Arrow 3] is in Alaska, from Kodiak (Island)".

Jointly manufactured by U.S. firm Boeing, Arrow-3 is billed as capable of shooting down incoming missiles in space, an altitude that would destroy any non-conventional warheads safely.

Israel has conducted a series of Arrow 3 tests over its Mediterranean coastal waters since past year.

"Today Israel has the ability to act against ballistic missiles that could be launched against us from Iran or anywhere else", Netanyahu added.

"The Arrow-3 interceptor successfully demonstrated an engagement capability against the exo-atmospheric target during the test", according to a July 28 MDA statement. With its earlier generation system, Arrow 2, Arrow 3 complements the Iron Dome and David's Sling, which are created to deal with short-range and mid-range missiles respectively.

The U.S. military said last week that it had taken out two Iranian drones in the Strait of Hormuz, claims Tehran has denied.

The Arrow 3 is an advanced system designed for intercepting long-range missiles in space at an altitude that would safely destroy any nuclear warheads.

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