On December 15, 2020, Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) together with United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully test fired a series of Israel’s 3 multi-range missile defence systems namely – “Arrow”, “David’s Sling” & “Iron Dome” over the Mediterranean Sea. The tests are being conducted amidst heightening tensions between Israel & Iran.
The tests showcased the interoperability of the multilayered air-defense mechanisms (Arrow Missile, David’s Sling and Iron Dome).
i.The results of the tests will be used to evaluate and upgrade the system’s capabilities.
ii.The tests were led by Rafael Advanced Systems, Israel’s Air Force & Navy participated in the tests.
iii.The drills showcased the capability of the systems to intercept a range of aerial targets from drones to long range ballistic missiles.
It is an anti-ballistic missile jointly developed by Israel and the United States of America. Arrow intercepts country’s long-range missiles.
i.David’s Sling is an anti-ballistic missile & Surface-to-Air missile used to shoot down medium-range missiles.
ii.It is jointly developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems & USA’s Raytheon.
i.It is an air defence system used to target incoming rocket fires.
ii.It is developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems & Israel Aerospace Industries.
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i.On August 13, 2020, Israel announced that it has successfully tested their advanced missile defence system, Arrow-2, a ballistic missile Interceptor which was built with the support of the United States of America.
Prime Minister- Benjamin Netanyahu
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