Israel is developing the 4th generation of Arrow missiles capable of destroying nuclear, biological, chemical warheads or conventional missiles that travel intercontinental distances.
The Israeli Ministry of Defense announced that the next generation of missiles has been developed that will take the country’s air defense system capabilities one step further. Missile systems called Arrow-4 will replace Arrow-2s that are currently in use.
Arrow 4s, which were started to be developed by the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and the American Missile Defense Agency, will represent the next generation of endo-exo atmospheric interceptors. Working as a part of a multi-layered system to destroy ballistic missiles in the atmosphere and space, the system can destroy nuclear, biological, chemical warheads or conventional missiles that travel intercontinental distances.
The first of the currently used Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 systems is capable of destroying enemy missiles after they enter the atmosphere, and the other before the missiles enter the atmosphere. The main contractor of the Arrow-4s will be Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI), while the company’s direct sales division will develop the launch platform and missiles. Israeli company Elta defense industry will design a new radar for the system.
IMDO President Moshe Patel stated that Arrow-4s began to be developed 30 years after the Gulf War, and that has a symbolic meaning. According to Patel, Arrow’4s, which were decided to be produced at the stage reached after the Gulf War, which was said to have caused the establishment of IMDO, will have unprecedented flight and interception capabilities.