‘Israel deploys improved Arrow-2 interceptor missiles'
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.