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The Arrow missile, seen here during its launch, successfully intercepted a ballistic missile that simulated Iran's most advanced possible future warhead. Israel says it's ready to shoot down nukes and traditional missiles from Iran and others.  (Source: AP)
"Bring it on," says Israel

While the 90s saw a time of relative peace, with the Iraq war and the escalate tensions with Iran, Israel is staying alert and preparing for any kind of assault.  The Israeli Air Force just wrapped up the 17th test of its new missile defense system and is confident that it can now shoot down any ballistic nuclear missiles that Iran or others could shoot at it.

The Palmahim Base launched an Arrow interceptor at a Blue Sparrow Missile, fired from an F-15 fighter jet.  The missile was designed to mimic an Iranian Shihab 3 missile, the kind of missile that Israel expects Iran to potentially use as a nuclear weapon delivery platform.  The Blue Sparrow has a split warhead and advanced radar-evading capabilities.  While the Shihab 3 ballistic missile currently lacks these capabilities, it is believed that Iran is working to develop them.  The test was jointly conducted by the IAF and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

An integral part of the new missile defense system is its new Green Pine radar system.  This highly accurate radar system was deployed to the Negev Desert in 2008.

Brig.-Gen. Daniel Milo, commander of the IAF's Air Defense Division said that the test's success, despite poor visibility, was a testament to the readiness of the country's missile defense program.  He states, "The Arrow technology is always improving, and we cannot forget that the enemy is also advancing with its capabilities."

It is unclear how well the system will work against Iran's latest missile, though -- the Sajjil.  The Sajjil is Iran's first solid fuel rocket.  Solid fuel allows the rocket to have a much greater accuracy than the previous liquid designs.  The missile has a range of 2,000 km.  Iran also has a stockpile of several BM25 intercontinental missiles which it purchased four or more years ago from North Korea.

The Arrow is also exceptionally effective against the Syrian Scud D, which is capable of delivering traditional and nontraditional payloads to anywhere in Israel.  Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the test "another achievement for Israel on its way to obtaining a multi-level missile defense system, starting with the Iron Dome to defend against short-range rockets, and to the Arrow."

The Israel missile defense system helps provide valuable test data to help the U.S. develop and improve its own missile shield.  The U.S., like Israel, claims its missile defense shield to be active and ready to destroy any nuclear threat.

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By Joz on 4/9/2009 10:35:51 AM , Rating: 2
While you are technicaly correct in some aspects, currently Israel devolops and uses more if its own technology.
A small list would be:
Merkava tank
Desert Eagle
Uzi (and all its lovely lovely lovely differnt forms.)
Corner Shot
Several flavors of automated and remote control weapons platforms for ships, tanks and other sea/land vehicles.

Personaly, my favorites are the Merkava, Travor and the Corner Shot.

By therealnickdanger on 4/9/2009 10:43:10 AM , Rating: 3
I'm not nit-picking your list, I'm just sharing this because I just learned this over the weekend:

The Desert Eagle is and always has been invented/designed right here in Minneapolis by Magnum Research. All DEs used to be manufactured in Israel, but that contract recently ended and they will soon no longer build them. This according to a Magnum Research rep at a gun show I just went to. (I also fired the deagle while I was there - awesome!)

By lukasbradley on 4/9/2009 10:45:05 AM , Rating: 1
I never insinuated all of their military technology is acquired from foreign sources.

However, I find it funny that most of your examples are arms either designed by US companies or as join ventures with US companies.

By Joz on 4/9/2009 12:14:25 PM , Rating: 3
Not to nitpick you guys, but most of the stuff I listed is primarly developed in Israel, sometime is devoloped in copperation with other nations and companies, and some of it is requested in design by Israel. But otherwise, they are Isareli designed/used or otherwise exlusively contracted by Israel.

And please, dont insult me by saying "so and so" and "such and such" I served two years voulunteer duty in the IDF, varius rolls.

By Chillin1248 on 4/9/2009 5:26:58 PM , Rating: 3
Many yes.

As a IDF soldier I personally find that my favorite/reliable weapons are made by the U.S.A.; M4A1, M24, M240 and HMWWV... Scratch the last one.


By Yaron on 4/10/2009 5:27:40 AM , Rating: 2
Shalom shalom
Just for kicks :)

You still in the army or in reserve?

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