Israel uses Arrow weapon system to shoot down Syrian missiles
The Israeli military's anti-ballistic missile weapon system has reportedly shot down a missile fired by Syria for the first time.
The Arrow 2 missile was used to intercept an incoming Syrian SA-5 surface-to-air missile (SAM), DefenseNews reported.
The Syrian army fired the SAMs at Israeli fighter aircraft that were carrying out airstrikes against Hezbollah targets in the country.
Syria's army high command was quoted by Reuters as saying that the Israeli jets 'had breached Syrian air space early in the morning and attacked a military target near Palmyra.'
The scattered pieces of the intercepted SAM fell in Jordan, while two other SAMs landed in Israel, according to BBC News.
Israel Defense Force (IDF) said in its statement: "Overnight Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircraft targeted several targets in Syria.
“Several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria following the mission and IDF Aerial Defense Systems intercepted one of the missiles.”
The Israeli military said its aircraft were back in Israeli airspace when Syria launched several missiles toward the Israeli jets.
Developed by the MLM Division of Israel Aerospace Industries, Arrow 2 theatre ballistic missile defence system is equipped with solid propellant booster and sustainer rocket motors.
The missile's intercept altitudes range from a minimum of 10km up to a maximum of 50km. The maximum intercept range of the missile is approximately 90km.