Israel successfully tests Arrow-2 anti-missile system: ministry

Photo taken on Sept. 9, 2014, shows the trail of the Arrow 2 interceptor launched from near Yavne, central Israel. (Xinhua photo)

JERUSALEM, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — Israel has successfully tested its Arrow-2 ballistic missile interceptor, the defense ministry said Thursday.

The test was conducted at a test site in central Israel together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the Israeli Air Force and Israel Aerospace Industries.

“The Arrow-2 system successfully engaged a Sparrow target missile, which simulates a long-range surface-to-surface missile,” a ministry statement said.

“Our elite technological unit ensures that we will always be one step ahead of our enemies,” Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz noted.

Arrow-2, along with the newer generation Arrow-3, is part of Israel’s multi-layer defense doctrine which also includes Iron Dome, a short-range anti-rocket system, and David’s Sling, a medium-to-long-range missiles defense system.  ■