Jerusalem, 5 January 2003

Successful Arrow Test
(Communicated by the Defense Ministry Spokesperson)

 Successful Arrow Test-5-Jan-2003

Ministry of Defense

 Successful Arrow Test-5-Jan-2003

Another test of the "Arrow" Weapon System was conducted successfully, today January 5th at 16:37.

This was the first of a series of tests intended to evaluate the system’s performance against the next generation of incoming threats. The test is part of the Arrow System Improvement Program – A.S.I.P which is currently being jointly carried out by Israel and the U.S. This was also the tenth Arrow Interceptor test and the fifth test of the complete weapon system and its timing was decided in advance as part of the planning program.

The test objectives which were defined together with the U.S. partner, were to analyze the interceptor’s performance under special flight conditions.An incoming target was not needed for the test. The system’s capabilities in continuous launching conditions were also checked. Four simulated targets were injected into the Fire Control Radar.

All the system components performed in their operational configuration.

Immediately after the test director initiated the targets simulation, the Fire Control Radar (FCR) acquired the targets, the Battle Management Command Center (BMC) calculated the defense plan for each target and sent a mission command to the launcher.

The launcher was equipped with six interceptors; four of them were launched. The test interceptor was the first to be launched and it was then followed by three Short Burning Time Motor Interceptors (STBM) in order to check the multi launching process.

The interceptor trajectory was in special flight conditions which may be required in the future.

The program is managed by the Israeli Missile Defense Organization in the Ministry of Defense in close cooperation with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

Israel Aircraft Industries – IAI/MLM is the prime contractor for the Arrow Weapon System. The system consists of Elta’s Fire Control Radar (FCR), the Battle Management Command Center (BMC) (Tadiran Systems), the Launcher Control Center (LCC) IAI/MLM, the operational launcher and interceptors (IAI/MLM).

The test’s success is a major step in the development of the Arrow Weapon system and in response to the evolving threat of ballistic missiles in the arena.

   
 Successful Arrow Test-5-Jan-2003
 Successful Arrow Test-5-Jan-2003
 Successful Arrow Test-5-Jan-2003

 The Arrow Weapon System (Ministry of Defense)