‘Israel deploys improved Arrow-2 interceptor missiles`

Last Updated: Monday, August 6, 2012 - 16:54

Jerusalem: As prospects of confrontation with Iran loomed large, Israel on Monday said it had deployed improved version of Arrow-2 missiles capable of intercepting medium range missiles of Syria and Iran.

The new system called `Block 4` was being installed in missile batteries, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The paper said the new would improve accuracy in intercepting medium-range missiles such as Iran`s "Shahab" and "Sejil," as well as Scud Ds held by Syria.

The Arrow-2 is Israel`s upper tier missile defence system, complemented by the Iron Dome for short-range rockets and the David`s Sling, which is under development and to be used against medium-range rockets and cruise missiles.

In the coming months, the Defence Ministry plans to hold its first interception test of the Arrow 3, a new higher-level system that will provide Israel with a number of chances to intercept incoming enemy missiles.

The US has given up to 80 per cent of the funding for the first-generation Arrow system.


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First Published: Monday, August 6, 2012 - 16:46

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