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Israel, US Test Arrow-3 Missile Interceptor for First Time - MDA

© REUTERSAn "Arrow 3" ballistic missile interceptor is seen during its test launch near Ashdod December 10, 2015.
An Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptor is seen during its test launch near Ashdod December 10, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Israel, working with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), has carried out its first successful test of its Arrow-3 interceptor at a site in the Middle Eastern country, the MDA said in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Arrow-3 interceptor, the release explained, will serve as the uppermost layer of Israel’s multi-tiered missile defense system.

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The other layers include the operational Iron Dome System, David's Sling Weapon System, which is close to being deployed operationally as well as the operational Arrow-2, according to the release.

"The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and the… MDA have engaged a ballistic missile target with the Arrow-3 interceptor on December 10, 2015… from an Israeli test range," the release stated on Thursday.

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The Arrow-3 interceptor performed its planned trajectory and engaged the low-debris target in the exoatmosphere according to plan, the release noted.

"Preliminary analysis indicates that test objectives were successfully achieved," it said. "This successful test is a major milestone in the development of the Arrow Weapon System and provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing threats."

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