Israel has successfully tested the upgraded Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system, which was jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and US firm Boeing.
According to the Israeli Defence Ministry, the Arrow system destroyed a target missile mimicking the trajectory of the long-range weapons held by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah.
IAI CEO Joseph Weiss was quoted by Reuters as saying: "The success of the Arrow 3 system today is an important step towards one of the most important projects for Israel and IAI becoming operational.
In December 2014, the Arrow 3 interceptor’s first live trial over the Mediterranean Sea was aborted because of technical problems.
An upgraded variant of the Arrow 2 defence system, the Arrow 3 is designed to intercept long-range missiles, including intermediate-range ballistic missiles at altitudes of more than 100km, as well as those equipped with non-conventional warheads.
The defence system is equipped with an IAI and Boeing-developed exoatmospheric interceptor based on hit-to-kill technology.
It is propelled by an ordinary rocket motor equipped with a thrust-vectoring nozzle, as opposed to liquid or gas propulsion.
The system features capabilities similar to those on US Aegis destroyers, and can intercept land and sea missiles.
Further system tests are expected to be carried out before a deployment schedule is finalised.