Jerusalem, June 14: For the first time, Israel, jointly with the US Missile Defence Agency (MDA), will test the Arrow-3 anti-ballistic missile system by 2018 in the US state of Alaska. The Arrow-3 is an exoatmospheric anti-ballistic missile intended to destroy targets outside the earth’s atmosphere, which enables the system to neutralize any threat, including a missile carrying a nuclear warhead, without creating any damage on the ground below.
The test is reportedly going to cost some $80 million. The system is set to be tested against a target similar in behavior to the advanced ballistic missiles, which are currently being developed and have already been achieved, by Iran.
The sources added that a town hall meeting is set to be held next Wednesday 14 June to answer questions about the missile’s 2018 testing plan. Alaska Aerospace CEO, Craig Campbell, recently revealed that the test is part of a five to six-year, $80.4 million contract announced a year ago between the MDA and the Alaska Aerospace Corporation. The missile, which is jointly managed by MDA and the Israel Missile Defence Organization, was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Boeing Company, Campbell explained.