Arrow 2 missed target during Israel-U.S. test

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Arrow 2 interceptor missile missed its target during a joint U.S.-Israel test.

Israeli analysis of the Sept. 9 test concluded that the intercept system acquired and tracked its target but did not destroy it, Defense News reported Wednesday.

Israeli experts blamed the miss on software issues that are easily corrected, according to Defense News.

The test by Israel’s Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency was held at an Israeli test range over the Mediterranean Sea. A statement issued by Israel’s Defense Ministry the day of the test said that the Arrow 2 missile “was launched and performed its flight sequence as planned.”

The Arrow 2 provides the Arrow Weapon System, a long-range ballistic missile defense system, with an interceptor engagement capability.

Israel Aerospace Industries is the primary contractor for the integration and development of the system in conjunction with Boeing, Elta and Elbit/Elisra.

In February, Israel conducted a successful live test of the Arrow 3 interceptor missile defense system.