Successful US-Israel Arrow 3 missile tests in Alaska

An Arrow-3 system successfully engaged an exo-atmosphere ballistic missile target from the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska on Sunday, July 28. The test series were conducted jointly by the Israeli Missile Defense Organization and the US Missile Defense Agency. A US radar system was activated in complete synchronicity with the Arrow-3.

The Arrow Weapon System is a central part of Israel’s multi-layer defense system. It is designed to engage ballistic missiles outside the earth’s atmosphere coupled with a rare capacity to target satellites. Israel’s defense system is based on four operational layers: Iron Dome, David’s Sling the Arrow-2, and the Arrow-3, which was first tested in December 2015, and was integrated in the Israeli air force’s multi-tier defense array.

The Israeli MDO is now working on developing Arrow 4 for engaging cluster warheads in space.

MDA Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill called the test a “major milestone” that “provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing threats in the region.” He reiterated US commitment to assisting Israel in upgrading its national missile defense capability.

At the Sunday cabinet meeting, also attended by US Ambassador David Friedman, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said: “Our innovative tests in Alaska took part in collaboration with our ally the United States. The tests outside the atmosphere went perfectly: each target was a bulls-eye! Israel has the ability to send ballistic missiles to Iran, a huge gain for Israel’s security. I wish to thank the US government, the defense ministry and the IDF, our ambassador Ron Dermer who attended the Alaska event and the engineers and designers of the project.

Ambassador Friedman hailed the event for its “exceptional results” and said:”We are proud of our partnership with Israel and will continue from here to make the world a safer place.”

Moshe Patel of the IMDO said the Arrow 3’s full interception of the targets capped ten years of development involving thousands of personnel, engineers and officers. The fact that the tests were conducted in Alaska, tens of thousands of kilometers away from Israel is significant, he said, “because it demonstrates the Arrow 3’s operational capabilities against any threat.” 

DEBKAfile’s military sources note: Netanyahu has never before spoken of sending Israeli ballistic missiles to Iran and was therefore implying the possible outbreak of a ballistic missile war between the two countries. The successful Arrow 3 test underlined Iran’s lack of a weapons system capable of intercepting incoming ballistic missiles. At the same time, Arrow 3 does not provide watertight defense, because Iran is capable of a simultaneous multiple barrage of a large number of Shehab 3 ballistic missiles. Arrow 3 would not be able to catch them all

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21 thoughts on “Successful US-Israel Arrow 3 missile tests in Alaska

  • Jul 28, 2019 @ 12:45 at 12:45

    “…At the same time, Arrow 3 does not provide watertight defense, because Iran is capable of a simultaneous multiple barrage of a large number of Shehab 3 ballistic missiles. Arrow 3 would not be able to catch them all.”

    Yes, that maybe true – but Israel would most likely survive, BUT iran…maybe, almost definitely would not.

    • Jul 28, 2019 @ 15:06 at 15:06

      The Arab Sunnis Gulf States will acquire their own ICBM by Buying Them & Iran’s Shiia Regime Caliphate Population is a Fate with No Escape. Shiia Revenge for 632 CE Won’t Survive in 2019+! Covert Action by Collective Nations by Iranian Protests Only Salvation!

    • Jul 28, 2019 @ 19:59 at 19:59

      If I was Israel, I would not be worried about Iran. I would worry about Saudis; the killer of Jews for 65 years. No Arabs loves Israel and if they pretend to do so because they scare of loosing their crown or loosing billions of American dollar $$$) . Remember that only Iran has it’s Jewish nationals both in Iran and Israel.

  • Jul 28, 2019 @ 14:51 at 14:51

    As Stated, 1938 Blitzkrieg Brave New Weapons were Operational just as Iran & Proxies Missile Threats now created ICBM Race in the Mideast. Every Nation is Armed to Great Harmed! Why Persian Regime Change is Required To Save Mideast from Atomic Ashes. The Great Race to Self-Destruction of Human Race Is Upon Us! Covert Action will the Mideast and Iran’s Persian People but not the Regime!

    • Jul 28, 2019 @ 20:43 at 20:43

      No strategic depth

      Be_hold, as a lion that asc_ends from the heig_hts of the Jord_an to a str_ong dwe_lling, when I bring the mom_ent [that] I will has_ten them over her

  • Jul 28, 2019 @ 16:16 at 16:16

    Surprise, Surprise! The Russians have learned one thing about the US and the Israeli’s. Their weapons are becoming harder for their radars to pick up and they did not see the F-35’s that launched missiles that destroyed Iranian faculties around Damascus, Syria; not even their prized S-400’s saw them coming!

    • Jul 28, 2019 @ 20:38 at 20:38

      ‘Israel’i terror planes use the mountains in Lebanon to shield their activities.

    • Jul 29, 2019 @ 0:24 at 0:24

      Shalom Sonny,

      Don’t kid yourself. The Russians are not our enemies. They were told about this in advance and programmed the S-400’s not to fire on the planes.

      Shavua Tov,


      • Jul 29, 2019 @ 19:06 at 19:06

        Good day Jay,

        I partially agree. I have been saying it for a long time. Russia is neither an ally or enemy. They are more like an auctioneer, wanting to sell to the highest bidder, and at the same time trying to balance the power. Tension is good for their products. At the end of the day, I believe them to be like a long distant relative to Israel.

        Putyatins clan = Rurik dynasty = Varangian = Gad??? The heraldries match, and I do not believe that to be a coincidence, since heraldry was very strict and formal in the ancient times.

  • Jul 28, 2019 @ 18:22 at 18:22

    In return send a barrage of Jericho 3 missiles.

    • Jul 28, 2019 @ 20:47 at 20:47

      For the bed is shorter – A mashal or proverbial saying, the meaning of which is, that they will find all means of defense and protection insufficient to secure them, and cover them from the evils coming upon them.

  • Jul 28, 2019 @ 19:20 at 19:20

    Terrible, terrible neutron dryness in Tehran!
    Not to mention that on the granite floor in the basement of the ayatollah palace you can not boil an egg.
    Worst of all, the air temperature all over Iran is well under the boiling point for steel.
    It can not go like that any longer.

    • Jul 28, 2019 @ 20:41 at 20:41

      (The bed is too short)…Behold, as a lion that ascends from the heights of the Jordan to a strong dwelling, when I bring the moment [that] I will hasten them over her

  • Jul 28, 2019 @ 21:08 at 21:08

    Unfortunately, the only thing that will quell islamofascist malefactor’s eagerness to commit violence is not impenitrable defenses but the West showing its willingness to use overwhelmingly superior weapons, such as precision nuclear strikes, against heads of state. “Will i be cooked next?” Is the question they need to have on their minds before they attack free nations.

  • Jul 28, 2019 @ 21:39 at 21:39

    Arrow 3 is a huge development. US and Israel have been developing defensive missiles together, including Iron Dome.
    I don’t know how Arrow 3 compares to US Standard Missile 3, which is both sea based, and I think land based mode in Europe, Poland, if I recall correctly.
    Arrow 3 might be able to be sea based as well. That would be very important for Israel since it’s such a small country geographically and might need to have sea based defensive missiles for adequate coverage.
    US is still facing potential ballistic missile attack, and Putin has directed modernization of Strategic Missile Forces, so Russian Federation has a very active weapons modernization program going on, both land based ICBM’s, and is also deploying modernized intermediate range nuclear capable cruise missiles in violation of the European intermediate range missile treaty, prompting Trump to withdraw from the treaty.
    Russia is also deploying modernized ballistic missile submarines and I think both China and recently N. Korea also have ballistic missile submarines, although I don’t think the N. Korean submarines are nuclear powered, although they could be nuclear armed.
    Pakistan may also have nuclear armed ballistic missile submarines, I’m not sure of details.
    While a test of Arrow 3 has been successful, that’s different than deployment, although the missile may already be in production.
    Will it just be deployed by Israel, or could it also be deployed by the US?
    I really don’t know.
    It may be turning out that Israel will be a more important ally for the US than NATO nations in the long run, since NATO nations seem to be relatively complacent after twenty or thirty years of depending on the US for the bulk of NATO military power, the European nations contributions being primarily in location, logistics and transportation. Trump has given speeches encouraging the Europeans to increase spending on their own defense, and there has been some increase, but I don’t think Germany has committed to developing a capable, modernized military, apparently being more involved in EU politics and trying to save its own economy, in some ways at the expense of its EU partners, especially in the southern tier of nations. UK withdrawing from EU may be a critical juncture for the EU, reminding me of one of those puzzle games to remove some of the supporting structures of a tower without having the whole thing tumble down.

    • Jul 31, 2019 @ 0:57 at 0:57

      man it looks to me you don’t know much of anything

  • Jul 28, 2019 @ 22:24 at 22:24

    The mystery of the chief of pirates Ali Khamelion finally solved!

    The pirate Ali Khamelion, against his tremendous efforts to disguise himself in sort of a priest, is been identified, he is hiding under the pseudonym of Ali Khamenei in Iran.
    Without hook for his damaged right hand and without parrot on his shoulder, and khameleonising between mullahs in there was very effective, but only until his last error: capturing an oil tanker for ransom or exchange.

  • Jul 28, 2019 @ 22:30 at 22:30

    Saudis love money more than killing Israelis; the government at least.

  • Jul 29, 2019 @ 0:09 at 0:09

    pray for peace

    • Jul 29, 2019 @ 0:19 at 0:19

      Prepare for War.

  • Jul 29, 2019 @ 4:40 at 4:40

    Netanyahu made that statement about the ability to reach Iran only because of Iran’s boasts about being able to reach Israel. That’s all. It’s posturing on both sides. Neither one is really going to start anything. No advantage to either side.

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