Israel has successfully tested its advanced missile defence system, “Arrow-2” ballistic missile interceptor. The Missile test was conducted in the test site in Central Israel over the Mediterranean Sea. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) of the United States of America along with Israeli Air Force and Israel Aerospace Industries conducted the testing.
- The Arrow-2 interceptor engaged a Sparrow target missile which stimulated a long-range surface to surface missile, performed the planned trajectory and destroyed the target.
- This system will serve as the top tier integrated Israeli shield built to withstand various missile salvoes, was built with the support of the United States of America.
- Arrow 2 is a multi-layered system designed and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries and Boeing, US-based industry.
- Arrow 2 is designed to defend the short and mid-range rockets and long-range missiles were introduced in March 2000.
- The Arrow-2 system along with the new generation Arrow-3 is a part of Israel’s multi-layer defence doctrine which include Iron Dome, a short-range anti-rocket system, and David’s Sling, a medium-to-long-range missile defence system, which can defend threats from outside the atmosphere.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Israel President: Reuven “Ruvi” Rivlin.
- Israel Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Israel Capital: Jerusalem.
- Israel Currency: Israeli New Shekel.