Israel has successfully tested its advanced ballistic missile interceptor Arrow 3 as part of its defence upgradation measures in the face of regional threats. The Arrow system is a joint project between IAI and the US aviation giant Boeing. Each Arrow 3 missile costs about USD 2.2 million.
Key facts about Arrow 3
Arrow 3 is the top-tier system in Israel’s missile shield arsenal. The country’s lowest-tier defense is the short-range Iron Dome interceptor. Next year Israel will present David’s Sling – a system intended to intercept mid-range targets.
The missile flies into the atmosphere, where it splits up into ‘kamikaze’ satellites that lock onto and eliminate targets. It is also possible that the Arrow 3 could serve as an anti-satellite weapon.
It will measure the seeker's line-of-sight propagation relative to the vehicle's motion, the kill vehicle will use proportional navigation to divert its course and line up exactly with the target's flight path.
Arrow 3 is able to intercept ballistic missiles, especially those carrying weapons of mass destruction at altitudes of over 100 km (62 mi) and in greater ranges.