Israel's Anti-Missile System Passes Test

(Source: The Media Line, January 6, 2003)

The Arrow Missile System passed a critical test on January 5th when it successfully destroyed four incoming missiles simultaneously. Until now, the Arrow - which is the backbone of Israel's defense against Saddam Hussein's SCUDs -- had been tested only against a single launcher.

The Arrow system was developed jointly by the United States and Israel at a cost of more than $2 Billion. Israeli and U.S. military air-defense planners believe that, with the newly demonstrated success of the Arrow system, the combination of missile defense systems together with the Green Pine Radar system, is capable of intercepting Iraq's entire arsenal of Scud missiles.

The success of the Arrow II anti-missile system demonstrates that theater missile defense is a practical defense goal for the United States and its allies.