After year's delay, Arrow 3 to be tested soon
The Arrow 3 can deal with missile salvos, intercepting them outside the atmosphere.
This will be the first test of all Arrow 3 systems. Subsystems have been tested previously.
"Aviation Week" also reported today that the first end-to-end test of the Arrow 3 could occur within weeks. "Some officials say the launch is imminent if all goes to plan," it says.
The Arrow 3, designed by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1), is a two-stage missile, capable of flying out of the earth's atmosphere. It receives data from optical sensors. The second-stage booster has its own engine, enabling it to maneuver towards its target. It can reach twice the altitude of the Arrow 2 missile, but is only half the weight of the older version. The Arrow 3 is designed to provide a range of options for intercepting incoming missiles, possibly including nuclear-tipped missiles.
According to Pentagon budget documents, intended to persuade US legislators that it is worthwhile investing US taxpayers' money in the project, Arrow 3 will improve the Arrow system's capabilities by providing four times the coverage of the Arrow 2.
"Aviation Week" says that the Arrow 3 is "judged by many in the US and Israel as today's best missile defense system."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on September 3, 2012
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