Israel and US complete successful flight test of Arrow-2 ballistic missile

According to a statement released by the Israeli Ministry of Defense on Thursday, August 12, 2020, Israel and the United States complete a successful flight test of Arrow-2 ballistic missile.
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Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 ballistic missiles at Paris Air Show, June 2013. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Arrow 2 is a ballistic missile system developed by Israel Aerospace Industries which was deployed in service with the Israeli armed forces in 2000. The Arrow missiles family was designed as a theater missile defense system that would be more effective against ballistic missiles than the MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile.

The Arrow 2 was jointly developed by the United States and Israel according to a memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries, as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative. Arrow technology development was intended to be incorporated into U.S. theater missile defense systems.

The Arrow 2 air defense system is able to launch a two-stage missile is equipped with a solid propellant booster and sustainer rocket motors. The missile uses an initial burn to carry out a vertical hot launch from the container and a secondary burn to sustain the missile’s trajectory towards the target at a maximum speed of Mach 9, or 2.5 km/s.

The Arrow 2 missile has a length of 7 m, a diameter of 0.8 m, and weighs 1,300 kg. It contains a high explosive, focused fragmentation warhead and has a maximum range and altitude of 90 km and 50 km respectively. It has an accuracy within 4 m of the target.