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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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RE: great
By BernardP on 4/9/2009 11:17:03 AM , Rating: 3
Speaking of pre-emptive strike.

Israel has nuclear capability. Israel has missiles. Israel has submarines.

If a sub-launched nuclear missile attack was to come from the Indian Ocean to anhihilate Iranian nuclear installations, who could tell with certainty which country launched this attack?

Israel could plausibly deny it, and Iran would have nothing to retaliate with.

RE: great
By smackababy on 4/9/2009 11:41:07 AM , Rating: 2
Whose to say other countries wouldn't assume and attack anyway? The last thing we need is a world war. Although, the last one did pull us out of a huge recession. Now, if only I had a submarine...

RE: great
By NeoConned08 on 4/9/2009 12:49:24 PM , Rating: 2
It's a common fallacy that WW2 pulled us out of the Great Depression. It didn't. Neither did the Iraq War pull us out of a recession. War is never good for an economy regardless of who is the attacker/attackee.

RE: great
By Bubbacub on 4/9/2009 1:44:49 PM , Rating: 2
it was pretty good for the USSR economy in ww2. the war wiped out all the economies of industrialised competitors in western europe and gave them carte blanche to ruthlessly develop their own. they started the war as the poor man of europe and ended it as the main regional superpower and one of 2 worldwide superpowers.

p.s. i accept that they did lose 20 million people in the process and this was perhaps not a great deal for the russians of the time!

RE: great
By jjmcubed on 4/9/2009 2:38:48 PM , Rating: 2
How many did they lose to Stalin Vs. WWII?

RE: great
By Bubbacub on 4/9/2009 9:54:18 PM , Rating: 2
no one is sure but people reckon he killed around 5 - 10 million people (not all russians - e.g. he killed a lot of ethnic germans, poles etc. in eastern europe after the war ended - hence all the germans are now in germany, poles in poland, ukranians in ukraine etc.). If you include deaths from famine due to moronic attempts to implement collectivised farming then you can add another 6-8 million.

its amazing how stalin appears to have 'got away' with it in terms of being made a villain (at least as compared to hitler)

RE: great
By TomZ on 4/9/09, Rating: 0
RE: great
By Chaser on 4/9/2009 4:11:11 PM , Rating: 2
Just as increased borrowing and spending will get us out of this "economic crisis" as well.

RE: great
By MadMan007 on 4/9/2009 5:56:26 PM , Rating: 2
fyi there was a pretty severe recession after WW2.

RE: great
By NeoConned08 on 4/9/2009 8:50:24 PM , Rating: 2
no, im not kidding. Go look at the links I posted and look at the numbers. WW2 did not get us out of the depression. It wasn't until 1946 and later when the government cut spending by 2/3 and taxes by 1/3 that we recovered. Hoover/FDR meddling in the economy are what continued the Great Depression. Had they done nothing, let the malinvestments be liqiudated and cut taxes AND spending we wouldn't have had it. We would have had a mild recession instead, just as was the case in 1921.

This is common knowledge amongst many economists now. It's just taking a bit of time to catch up with the mainstream.

Also, war is always a net negative on the economy because it is taking resources in the form of steel/wood/people etc OUT of the economy and diverting them elsewhere (typically in a very inefficient manner) when they COULD be used for things that are bought and sold in the economy. War is pretty much inevitable at certain times but to say that it is a boost to our economy is just an outright falsehood.

Government doesn't actually produce anything, it redistributes. For every dollar spent on bombs or tanks or a soldiers pay it must first be taken from the thing which is actually producing the wealth which is We the People that make up the economy.

RE: great
By metasin on 4/10/2009 12:59:12 PM , Rating: 2
The majority of economists today would agree that WWII did not get us out of the depression; neither did the vast majority of Roosevelt's economic policies. Sure some programs like FDIC and SSI are still around today but go back and look at the alphabet soup that was put into action during the first 100 days of his admin. How many of those worked? The market crashed again during his administration after all.
Now having millions of working age men fighting and dying in a war does make the unemployment numbers look better. After the war the US was in a good position because our infrastructure was nowhere near as decimated as Europe, but our economic growth was not great during that time period either.

RE: great
By Spuke on 4/9/2009 4:08:14 PM , Rating: 1
Israel could plausibly deny it, and Iran would have nothing to retaliate with.
Please. Iran would simply blame Israel AND the US for the attack and launch an attack on Israel. And other Middle East countries would join in on the attack because they now have a "reason" to attack Israel.

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