UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Israel and the United States successfully tested an anti-ballistic missile that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday was a safeguard against possible Iranian threats.
The Israeli Defense Ministry said in a statement that the “Arrow 3” experiments were carried out in the US state of Alaska and successfully intercepted targets above the atmosphere.
“Flight tests were conducted in Alaska to test capabilities that can not be tested in Israel,” the statement said.
“Today, Israel has the ability to act against ballistic missiles that can be launched against us from Iran or anywhere else,” Netanyahu said.
“This is a great achievement for Israel’s security.”
The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, joined Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, headed by Netanyahu, to watch a video of the experiments.
Israel announced in January that it and the United States had conducted a successful test of Arrow 3 in Israel.
A series of experiments were conducted before the deployment of the system in 2017 at Israeli air bases.
Officials said the system, which was previously deployed, was an old version, stressing that the new system would provide more sophisticated protection.
The Arrow system, which was partially funded by the United States, was developed and produced by an Israeli aerospace company in cooperation with Boeing.
Arrow 3 is designed to serve as a high-altitude missile interceptor system in Israel, which also has low-altitude missile interceptor systems.
Iran, described as Israel’s main enemy, continues to develop and test ballistic missiles that it says are for defensive purposes only.
The Israeli army is seen as the strongest in the Middle East, and many see Israel as the only nuclear-armed force, although it has never acknowledged it.
These tests coincide with intense tension between the United States and Iran, and after the sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran after its withdrawal from the nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and world powers.
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