Budgetary concerns are now driving a debate about whether to continue production of the exo-atmospheric
kill vehicle (EKV), an essential component of modern missile defense.
The Arrow III interceptor successfully launched and flew an exo-atmospheric
trajectory through space," Israel's Defence Ministry said in a statement.
interceptor called Spartan employed an X-ray kill mechanism produced by its nuclear warhead.
The Arrow 3 is the upper tier for exo-atmospheric
interceptions to provide the state of Israel additional opportunities for interception of incoming missiles from Iran or elsewhere".
The Arrow 3 interceptor was successfully launched and flew an exo-atmospheric
trajectory through space, in accordance with the test plan.
The interceptor flew an exo-atmospheric
trajectory in line with the test plan, the statement added.
Two launch sites with long-range 51T6 (NATO: SH-11 Gorgon) exo-atmospheric
interceptor missiles were deactivated in 2007 as the missiles became obsolete.
Some of the features THAAD offers include being able to defend against short-, medium- and possibly intermediate-range ballistic missiles; unique high endo- and low exo-atmospheric
intercept; high lethality with proven hit-to-kill ability; high firepower and sustainability for resistance to mass attack; high single short-kill probability; and flexible emplacement configurations to adapt to prevailing threats.
Initial analysis of the failed test looks similar to the earlier failed test this year, when at the last minute the Exo-atmospheric
Kill Vehicle (EKV) failed to make the intercept.
Two different missiles have been developed as part of the system for endo-atmospheric and exo-atmospheric
interception of an incoming ballistic missiles.
More hit-to-kill technology success followed with Lockheed Martin-developed systems, including: the Exo-atmospheric
Re-entry Interceptor Subsystem vehicle, which successfully intercepted a target in 1991; the Payload Launch Vehicle, which achieved five midcourse intercepts with the Exo-atmospheric
Kill Vehicle from 1999 to 2002; and the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Boost Vehicle Plus booster, which made a successful demonstration flight test in 2004.
It now includes producers of revolutionary kinetic weapons, such as electro-magnetic rail guns and anti-ballistic missile systems, such as the exo-atmospheric