Israel, US test new Arrow 2 missile interceptor

2014-09-09 21:42

Jerusalem - Israel and the United States on Tuesday successfully conducted a joint test of an upgraded Arrow 2 ballistic missile interception system over the Mediterranean Sea, the defence ministry said.

"An Arrow 2 missile was launched and performed its flight sequence as planned," the defence ministry said in a statement, with a spokesperson confirming the system had been upgraded.

The two countries carried out similar tests in January, and in September last year, as Washington was considering military action against Syria.

Russia's defence ministry earlier released a statement reporting a missile launch from the Mediterranean Sea towards the eastern Mediterranean coast.

The Arrow Ballistic Missile Defence System, designed to counter long-range missiles, has successfully intercepted missiles similar to Iran's Shihab-3 in a variety of test conditions.

Israel has been working on upgrading its missile defence capabilities to defend against long- and short-range incoming projectiles, and speeded various projects after being hit by Iraqi Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War.

The Arrow project was first launched in 1988 as part of the then Star Wars programme under late US president Ronald Reagan that was abandoned in 1993.

The Jewish state accuses its arch-foe Iran of seeking to develop a nuclear warhead, a charge that Tehran denies.

  • Mafavuke Njengedangamane - 2014-09-09 22:05

    Iran says it has also successfully test-fired two missiles, including a long-range ballistic weapon. Tit for tat

      Johan White - 2014-09-09 22:24

      Iran is the next country to sh.t

      Mafavuke Njengedangamane - 2014-09-09 22:41

      @johan. The US needs Iran to kick out the ISIS scourge and Kerry wants Israel to make peace with her neighbors but bibi's egocentric political ambitions are standing on the way and Israelis are not doing anything about

  • Alan Yates - 2014-09-09 22:13

    Well done Zion. Iron dome against all missiles of Muslim enemies. Very cool. Ayatollahs will have to fatwa that...

  • Mhlts Petrus - 2014-09-09 22:32

    How can US condemn israel for taking palestinian land illegaly at the other hand help it upgrade its military hardware?israel use its neuclear weaponry to bully its naibour n grabing land illegaly,this is bull xt.

  • imtiaz.paruk - 2014-09-09 22:38

    Israel will need all the help they can get coz Hamas is stronger and more determined than ever to stand up to the occupation and oppression of the zionists

      Kulu Zulu - 2014-09-10 01:44

      HamArse lives - hajis die.

      imtiaz.paruk - 2014-09-10 08:21

      Kulu are u free or are u Dom

      imtiaz.paruk - 2014-09-10 08:44

      Kulu do you even know what is a haji? A haji is a pilgrim to Mecca so what are you talking about. Did you miss the boat? Fell out a tree? You are so Dom you make stupid look clever

  • Alan Yates - 2014-09-10 04:11

    @Imtiaz and all other Zion hating People, Sisi of Egypt just offered Fatah jihadist, Mahmoud Abbas, land in Sinia bigger than Gaza. Abbas rejected this because he wants to "do an ISIS" on Israel. Israel has existed under God for 6 thousand years, surviving all nations that curse her. She will survive, thrive and be blessed even in the current Islamo-leftist petro-dollar financed Global Jihad for Sharia mutation of Islam's 1400 year jihad against non Moslems. For real peace to reign in the ME, all people (Moslem and nonoslem alike) should repent of their sin and ask Jesus Christ into their hearts and lives. He will send the holy spirit to comfort and enable lives of love and servant leadership to all men that humble themselves and yearn to make their paths straight in life. Until that miracle happens, there will be permanent Moslem vs non Moslem conflict in ME and elsewhere.

      imtiaz.paruk - 2014-09-10 08:13

      Israel is a cancer state

      imtiaz.paruk - 2014-09-10 08:21

      Yates so what's your point? Are you saying you support the occupation? Btw Abbas refused to open the raga border when Israel were murdering 2000 people. Sisi controls the military and is a US puppet and the majority of Egyptians don't even like him but are scared of him

  • Rapelang Gangada - 2014-09-10 07:34

    Israel has never been scared of anyone, Imtiaz history will help you learn what we did to 4 islamic nations in 6 days and rested on the 7th.......our helper is Hashem, Holy Spirit and Jesus. And thank you Laura, this is a defense system......Israel has always been out to defend though condemned as if they are always out to attack. Hamas is nothing and if we wanted to annihilate them it would take took 6 days to take out 4 islamic nations....what is hamas. My Bible tells me that Israel will not be defeated....done!!!!

  • Makhulu Zulu - 2014-09-10 08:30

    @Linda. I hope your wishes are fulfilled.

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 09:27

    Alan Yates. Let it be. It's comments are self defeating

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 09:42

    After 67 years of violent resistance, what have the Palestinians achieved? Lots of dead people and a hardening of Israel attitudes. 67 years ago the Palestinians were victims of an historic injustice as were the Jews who were expelled from Arab countries. Please give peace a chance. The majority of Israelis would prefer peace. Negotiations in the past have resulted in Israel's withdrawal from the Sainai, Gaza and West Bank. Israel is not going to dissappear. Reason must prevail

      imtiaz.paruk - 2014-09-10 11:49

      You guys will never learn. The more you occupy the greater the resistance will become. Reminiscent of our apartheid past. The more excuses you make to justify the illegal occupation the more they will arm themselves. Kill their children the they have the more they have something to avenge. They have nothing to lose Israel has taken away everything including their self dignity So carry on defending the murderers and occupies it says a lot about your character

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 12:50

    Imtiaz. Did you actually read my post? I am very unhappy about the plight of the Palestinians. However a dose of real politik, Israel is never, ever going to be defeated militarily. Negotiation to a peaceful settlement is the only solution.

      imtiaz.paruk - 2014-09-10 13:39

      They might not be defeated easily but everyone should know the truth and not support the illegal occupation and try to justify it. There is no justification for the atrocities

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 12:56

    Imtiaz. I don't occupy anything other than my home and my barstool at the local. What have Palestinians learnt from 67 years of failed armed resistance?

      imtiaz.paruk - 2014-09-10 13:38

      They have learnt to be fearless and courageous and to stand their ground I meant you are a supporter of the occupation sean

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 14:15

    I did not support the occupation, to the contrary, I said the Palestinians had suffered an historic injustice. The fact is Israel exists, is far to strong to overwhelm by force and a negotiated settlement is going to be the only solution.

      imtiaz.paruk - 2014-09-10 21:31

      Well at least we agree on something

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-11 06:51

    Thanks Imtiaz.

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