Israeli anti-missile test "major milestone"
February 10th, 2012
10:31 AM ET

Israeli anti-missile test "major milestone"

By Kevin Flower

Israel declared a Friday test of its Arrow weapon system a "major milestone" in the development of a system to defend against medium range missiles that could be fired from countries like Iran.

In a statement the Israeli Defense Ministry said the test "provides confidence in operational Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing ballistic missile threat."

The successful test of the joint American and Israeli weapon system was held over the Mediterranean Sea Friday morning and sought to track a simulated incoming ballistic missile via radar and pass the information back to what is known as the battle management controller.

The Defense Ministry described the test as a "target-only tracking exercise," meaning the missile was not intercepted.  The ministry said the test demonstrated that the Arrow Weapon System and the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System could successfully work together in what it termed "interoperability." U.S. Missile Defense Agency personnel participated in the test, the ministry said.

The missile defense test comes amid fevered speculation that Israel may soon launch a unilateral attack against Iran's nuclear program, though Israeli defense officials said the timing of Friday's exercise were planned a year in advance and was not connected to recent events.

Both countries were supposed to hold a massive joint missile defense exercise in April, but the drills were postponed until the second half of the year with both sides citing technical reasons.

Israel and the United States have been jointly developing the multi-billion dollar Arrow missile defense system since 1986. The goal of the project is to provide Israel with a defense for medium range missiles fired toward it from the region.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Austrah Kondosi

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    July 28, 2012 at 2:42 am | Reply
  2. Obinna kalu

    Isreal has shown d world dat they are technological advanced dan iran

    February 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  3. original nunya

    ooooh did somebody not like heaing the truth real deal? if isreal wants war they have no business involvng the u.s. or its money

    February 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  4. the real deal

    you people who speak about the jews that way are nothing but a bunch of fu+++king nazis you will all burn in hell

    February 11, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • judaism is a big fat lie

      zionists are the new Nazis of the 21st century.

      israel is not our friends.

      zionists are weak they need someone else to fight their wars.

      all they can do is cheat people and con them. dirty people they are

      February 12, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
      • The World is Not Logical

        Israel and Jews provide more to the world per capita than any other religion. 20% of the world's Nobel Prize winners are Jewish, despite Jews only being 0.02% of the world's population. Couple that with all of Israel's technological innovations in so many industries, and you'd realize why the US supports Israel. They are better off having a democratic ally in the middle east that provides them with all this new technology and research.

        February 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  5. Sayan Majumdar

    Well!! I am bit “familiar” with the above depicted radar, the formidable EL/M-2080 Green Pine Early Warning & Fire Control (EW & FC) radar for the Arrow Anti-Tactical Ballistic Missile (ATBM) system.


    February 11, 2012 at 7:01 am | Reply
  6. bobcat2u

    Once Israel is totally convinced the system will work, you can difinitely look for them to make a pre-emptive strike.

    February 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  7. Z

    @ Jonathan... I think you have your facts mixed up. The IDF is foaming at the mouth to go in an level Iran. The are more than capable. How can the Iranians defend themselves??? I saw the specs on the flying boat they developed... I guess that might come in handy in a swimming pool... but not so much in a giant desert!! The people of Iran will soon overthrow the bloodthirsty religous dictatorship.

    February 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  8. mipolitic

    wow 2012 and we still have not learned from wars bast that threats will be met and resolved by force, i guess iran is either chooses to threaten knowing the result of a crushing resolve to the threats , or they are just slow learners. i ran cannot acquire nukes.

    February 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  9. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    The GOP solution: Start a war with Iran (totally unfunded of course). Get the poor people to die/fight in the war while giving the rich people "no bid contracts". Pay for the war by using Iran's oil. And when the war is over, Iran will sell us cheap oil!!!!........Just like in Iraq!!!!.......Oh wait.......never mind.

    February 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
    • Mohamed

      All Islam wants is ISLAM peace on Earth – when all shall read the Kuran and bow to Allah! Oh may the day come soon – the western heresy and lies of heretics shall be over. Jihad will win in the end and those who believe in "evolution" and "democracy" will be smashed under the heel of Allah's Truth!!!! Just like it was 1000 years ago with the infidel invading Christians who we defeated. Praised be Allah, and his prophet moohamed

      February 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
      • shrinkDave

        The evidence demonstrates that there is nothing so dangerous to the Muslim world as the Muslim world.

        February 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
      • The World is Not Logical

        so then why are all the muslims killing each other in Syria? Just like in Egypt last year. Why do the palestinians kill homesexuals? You don't see all the Jews killing each other. Jews are more humane people.

        February 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Iranacockuptheirass

      Mohamad, sit back and watch your demise...Israel is gonna kick your ass bubba and I must say it was not nice knowing ya. Destructive monkey people from the desert must die!

      February 11, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  10. Jon

    Whats with all this "Zionist" non-sense this is US CNN- no amereicans say that...Sounds like racist and biased people are posting in here.

    February 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  11. Born to Fight

    Iran is a free democratic country, harassed by zionists. That is why reelecting BHO is a top priority to prevent massacre of Iraninas by Mossad.

    February 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
    • Larry

      The Jews don't need BHO to "massacre" your monobrow president or bomb your cities Abdulla. They have a causus-beli because of the threats that have come out of the iranian regime.

      February 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  12. True Brit.

    If Israel does a unilateral attack against Iran, then under international law Iran has the right to defend itself.
    The USA has tried out missile defence systems and they work 30% of the time. It would only take one missile to get through and land in the middle of an Israeli city. And the world could not blame Iran. Are the Jewish people up for this?

    February 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • True Jew

      You are absolutely right, we were living in peace until some stupid Zionist invasion Palestine and establishing state of terror.

      February 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
      • Mohamed

        i will admit – we beat our women. we like killing infidel non-believers. Sometimes, we just call out "jihad" and try to hurt something. Even an animal. But, we are the religion of peace. Why won't the zionists come and convert to our peaceful religion. I don't get it.

        February 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
      • Iranacockuptheirass

        Because your stupid anal licking bastards that stand for killing, destruction, rape, molesting and camel fucking.

        February 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
      • The World is Not Logical

        You could not be more incorrect. When the supreme leader of Iran comes out and says "it is our moral obligation to wipe Israel off the face of the earth," that is enough justification to launch a strike. Peace will be achieved when Muslims give up the notion that the entire middle-east has to be under Islam, and they accept israel.

        February 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm |

    thats great news, pls spare no terorist country e.g iran, kill of them. They are all blood sucker.

    February 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  14. cody

    its your gop buddys who stand with the sick of everyone blaming our pres. for the gop's mistakes

    February 10, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
  15. Isreal Aids

    President Obama is scheduled to submit his 2013 budget request to Congress, which could include as much as $3.1 billion in military aid to Israel!
    All this under name of "Israel's security" so send your taxes to somewhere else and when you get layoff go to hell.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • Mohamed

      And all we want is to beat our women and kill non-believers. Hussein Obama should give the tax dollars to us – so we can fill our madrases and instruct people on the true belief. We are better than the jews and we smell good too, praised be moohamed the great phophet of Ulla, rahaman olerahim

      February 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
      • Iranacockuptheirass

        Here....beat this....8====D

        February 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
  16. Voice of Reason

    Good work, Israelis. Looking forward to that offensive on iran nuclear facilities

    February 10, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • jonathan pollard soon to be free AIPAC spy traitor

      Yeah, and let's hurry up with it so in the end there will be no more israel – it will be wiped off the planet.

      Come on WW3 Baby!! No more israel and they know it. the dirty evil zionists know they will be nuked. They don't care. and I don't care. so come on, let's get it on!!

      Death to israel forever!!!!!!

      February 10, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
      • Mohamed

        yes and we can then convert everyone to the True Faith – ISLAM !!!! And the non-believers will be crushed under our jihad holy worriers. No more western talk about evolution – LIES LIES!! Mohamed warned us about this kind of lies spread by christians and jews. Oooh I can't wait until everyone reads the holy Kuran from age 3 until 90 – the only book on everyone's shelf. No more colleges and western clubs – just madrases everywhere. Praised be allah.

        February 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
      • Iranacockuptheirass

        I have to wipe my ass when I see your name Mohamad...there it goes again

        February 12, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • Ó Maoildeirg

      I have no idea who you think you are buddy, but you are certainly are not the voice of reason. More like the child, who loves war games, who has been advising the dummkopf, Netanyahou.

      February 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply

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