The Arrow-2 missiles. The will be supported by the new ‘Great Pine’ radar, an evolution of the ‘Green-Pine’ system. The missile, currently in early development at (IAI) should be able to intercept incoming ballistic missiles at exoatmospheric altitudes at distances surpassing 100km.system, the next generation of the currently deployed Arrow system, is slated to help Israel intercept ballistic missiles in a much wider range than currently covered by
The need for themissile has become critical in light of the progress made in the Iranian ballistic missile and especially it’s nuclear program. According to official estimates, a first Arrow-3 battery could become operational within three years.
The Arrow-3 program cost is estimated at some $700-800 million over three years. Israel has included the program in its five-year plan and has asked the United States to continue its $140 million annual support for the Arrow program to fund the new phase. Washington supports 80% of Israel’s anti-ballistic missile system’s development and production. The Arrow missiles are currently produced byand IAI.
Until Arrow-3 is fielded, Israel plans to deploy two additional Arrow-2 batteries to defend the country’s southern region, also covering sensitive sites such as the Dimona nuclear complex. Current Arrow sites are located in north east and south of the Tel-Aviv metropolitan area, covering the country’s largest population centers of Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa.