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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: Iran a peaceful nation.
By William Gaatjes on 4/10/2009 12:52:12 AM , Rating: 4
Who are the real terrorists? That's easy, in the majority, it's the terrorists that are coming from the Middle East. In most part, they are uneducated religious Zealots who do not know any better. IMO, they do what they do because they have nothing consider the righteousness of their actions against except their own religion, and their own government's beliefs. They do not, and are incapable, of truly thinking for themselves. That is something that for the most part a Westernized education affords.

When i look at the opinion of most western people then that opinion is not any different when compared to the opinion of middle east terrorists. Middle east terrorist usually are as manipulated as possible while carrying the burden of lost family and friends over wars financed or started in the political west. Usually these people are mentally scared and lost contact with the real world. Also, mental diseases occur in the middle east as well. I bet you that most of these terrorist people have nothing to live for even when they would have lived a normal life. You take someone who want's to commit suicide, brainwash that person and you have a perfect suicide bomber. Is it really that hard to grasp that the people in the middle east are just that, people like you and me. Propaganda and suffering. It is all you need...

Do not be so simple minded. Look at your former president. Clearly no leader material. But a perfect scapegoat. It's politics in the worst way. Look at many decades of politics. Not just years... You will find an unsettling amount of parallels.

The USA does not attack radically and without provocation. Nor does Great Britain, nor does France, nor does Spain, nor does Canada, nor does etc... The etc's are countries who's citizens are educated, and who's citizens are still not trying to fight a holy war.

You just proved how complex life is. With the last US against iraqi war the us invaded Iraq while Iraq had nothing to do with the twin tower attack. It where political and mostly economic reasons. On a side note, I do wonder what relation is with the destruction of WTC 1,2 and 7(?) in 2001 and the economic crisis. Beside the huge amount of money that went into the military bankrupting the USA even more. There was a lot of money made. Carlyle group anyone ? Halliburton any one ? How about Brown and Root ?
How about Lockheed Martin ? To name a few.
To be honest, Brown and Root does a lot of contract work in britain but you see where i am going.

If you start digging, you will find much parallels between the reocurring rebuilding and destroying of Palestina and what the US has done and is doing in Iraq. It is the same principle. For now it is over but i can assure you it will start again.

Lets sum it up :
Much profit's are made while one get's the change to test ones new weapons. How ?

One uses made up propaganda.
One attacks a country and destroys the infrastructure.
After the war one rebuilds the country. This looks good in the media. One get's the opinion of the people behind him. One get's to sell a lot of weapons to the western countries and make more profit. One get's service contracts lasting for decades for weapons sold to those other countries. Income assured. It is a whole new ball game.

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