The development of the Arrow-4 system will lead to a technological leap, according to the Israeli Defense Ministry.
The Office of Missile Defense (BMD) of the Israeli Ministry of Defense is beginning to develop the Arrow-4 system (Arrow-4) jointly with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. This was announced Thursday by the press service of the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
“The Israel Defense Ministry’s Missile Defense Directorate and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency have begun developing the Arrow-4 system, which will be the next generation of endo-exoatmospheric interceptors in the Arrow weapons system, which today consists of Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 interceptors. The Arrow-4 is designed to counter a wide range of threats in the region and will replace the Arrow-2 over the next few decades,” the statement said.
Israeli Defense Minister Beni Gantz said the development of the Arrow-4 system will lead to a technological leap that will prepare the country for future threats in the Middle East and beyond.
Israel’s multi-layered missile defense system now consists of four elements: Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow-2, and Arrow-3. The Arrow missile defense system intercepts ballistic and long-range missiles, the sling of David intercepts short- to medium-range missiles, and the Iron Dome air defense system intercepts short-range missiles and mortar shells.
The Arrow-2 system was delivered to the Israel Defense Forces in 2000, and its first combat use was reported in March 2017. The first Arrow-3 anti-missile system was handed over to the Israel Air Force in January 2017.
As a reminder, in January Ukraine began production of Neptun missile systems designed to destroy ships. The range of missiles is up to 300 kilometers. The Ukrainian Armed Forces will receive launchers, loaders, and a mobile command post.