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Old 02-22-2011, 03:21 PM
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Arrow 'Arrow' Tested Successfully on US West Coast

'Arrow' Tested Successfully on US West Coast
by Gil Ronen

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/142459


The Israeli Defense Ministry's Research Authority and the United States' Missile Defense Agency conducted a successful joint test of the Arrow anti-missile system Monday night off of the US's west coast.

This was the 18th test of an interceptor from the Arrow "family" of anti-missile missiles. The Arrow was launched from an American test site on the West Coast, and the target - which simulates a threat that Israel may have to face in battle - was launched toward the shore from a platform in the heart of the Pacific Ocean

The system detected the threat with the Oren Yarok ("Green Pine") radar and transferred the threat data to the fire management center, which computed a defensive plan against it. The defensive plan was sent to the launcher, which fired the test interceptor missile. The missile successfully carried out all of the flight stages, acquired the target and destroyed it at the desired spot.

The test complements a test from April 2009 and includes new elements that were recently added to the system and have proven themselves effective.

The main contractor for developing the weapon system is the Israel Aerospace Industry's 'Malam' plant, which cooperated with Elta, the manufacturer of the Etrog Zahav fire management center, and Boeing, which participated in manufacturing some of the Arrow's components.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak was happy with the experiment's success. "This is an important milestone in the effort the defense establishment is making to develop an active, multi-layered defense system," he said. "It joins the success of the Iron Dome system last week. Israel's citizens can be proud of the fact that Israel is the leading country in the world in the field of multi-layered anti-missile defense."

Critics of Israel's anti-missile missile systems contend that Israel needs to go back to the deterrenet attack posture of decades past, instead of hunkering down behind walls and relying on extremely expensive defense systems that have not been tested in the heat of battle.

(IsraelNationalNews.com)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/142459
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:38 PM
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I have not been able to learn much about this particular test. The best I have found is in YNet, which states:

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Defense officials noted that the success of the test demonstrates the improvement in Arrow 2's weapons system, which is being developed in preparation for the transition to an upgraded Arrow 3 system.

"It has a significant contribution to defense against the threats that exist against Israel, both from the north and the east, including the Iranian threat," one official said.

Arrow 2 was designed to protect Israel from Iran's Shihab-3 and Sijil missiles, as well as Syria's Scud-D missiles.

"The experiment was conducted against a target that wasn't tested before," the defense official said. "The target was prepared especially for the experiment, in order to examine the system's capacity. We added certain changes to the detection and interception abilities."
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The reports that I have seen suggest that this test was aimed at validating a new software release for the system, which was intended to improve its ability to descriminate between real targets and decoys.
http://www.defensenews.com/story.php...90&c=AIR&s=TOP

Arrow Test Hits Target, Validates New Software

The U.S.-Israel Arrow program passed another milestone Feb. 22 with the spectacular, nighttime, head-on intercept of a sea-based, long-range target off the California coast.

Part of the ongoing, jointly funded Arrow System Improvement Program (ASIP), the test validated new Block 4 versions designed to improve discriminating capabilities of the Arrow 2 interceptor, the Green Pine search-and-track radar and the Citron Tree battle management control system.

"To see that explosion off the shores of California was truly gratifying. It was a body-to-body impact that completely destroyed the target," Arieh Herzog, director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization told reporters via teleconference shortly after the nighttime launch at the U.S. Navy's Point Mugu Sea Range.

Herzog said validation of the Block 4 software would provide the Israel Air Force "with a better system than they have now." The software upgrades, he said, improve detection capabilities and lethality needed to defend against "new and different threats."

In a Feb. 22 statement, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) noted that the Green Pine radar successfully detected and tracked the target, transferred information to the Citron Tree management control system and launched the Arrow interceptor, "which performed its planned trajectory and destroyed the target missile."

The MDA statement noted that the test "represented a realistic scenario" and involved operationally ready elements of the Arrow weapon system.
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We thank God for these improvements in our military capabilities. We look forward to seeing new innovations that are relevant to current threats to Israel. However, I share the view that Israel should not play "defensive games"; returning fires after loss of lives and damage to other resources is atypical to Israel. The enemies seem to be gaining some foothold - they no longer fear firing missiles at will. If defensive games is the best option in view of some serious political considerations then fire returned should decisively deter further attacks by the enemies. Israel should live be lived with.

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We thank God for these improvements in our military capabilities. We look forward to seeing new innovations that are relevant to current threats to Israel. However, I share the view that Israel should not play "defensive games"; returning fires after loss of lives and damage to other resources is atypical to Israel. The enemies seem to be gaining some foothold - they no longer fear firing missiles at will. If defensive games is the best option in view of some serious political considerations then fire returned should decisively deter further attacks by the enemies. Israel should live be lived with.

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The reason to have defensive systems is NOT to adopt a defensive posture.

Rather, it is to make a successful counterforce (i.e., war winning) strategy possible.

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So is Arrow system full deployed already? And is that the only one long range deployed?
As far as i know Arrow system begun to get constructed after 1991 Iraqi Scud attacks on Israel. The fail of Patriot systems that had been deployed in Israel and on turkish soil then, was remarkable. So then had been decided that anti-ballistic protection had to be enhanced. Yet, thank God then Scud strikes also had many fail attempts. But i clearly remember that the fear was if any of those Scud missiles was carrying a chemical warhead ( chemical Ali was quite good at his job... ). Hence there had been delivered masks to the ppl etc.
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So is Arrow system full deployed already?
Nearly so. I believe the production run of Arrow II missiles is nearly complete, if not already complete, although missile modifications will probably continue to keep up with the threat. There was a story a couple months ago about another base being constructed in the Tel Aviv area, but I don't think this will change the total number of missiles available.

But to make clear, Arrow II is a high endo-atmospheric system.

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And is that the only one long range deployed?
No. Arrow 3 is an exo-atmospheric system that will be added on top of Arrow II sometime after 2013 or so.

And Patriot and maybe David's Sling can be used to provide a last ditch defense of small areas. But David's Sling will primarily focus on missiles and rockets from Lebanon and Syria, and Iron Dome will deal with very short range rockets.

Gas masks are still a good idea. No one should die when the means of protection is as inexpensive as a $100 mask.
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