Israel Bares Arrow Missile in Warning to Iraq

(Reuters) - Israel put its $2.2 billion Arrow anti-ballistic missile system on rare display on Thursday in an apparent warning to Iraq should it target the Jewish state again in retaliation for any U.S. attack. "It is like a bullet able to hit a bullet," Arrow chief engineer Boaz Zevi told reporters at Palmachim Air Base where four mobile launchers containing six missiles each point at the sky. The seven meter long (23 foot) Arrow has passed seven tests showing it can detect, track, and destroy a missile in under three minutes at altitudes of more than 50 km (30 miles), a senior military briefer said. The Arrow's Green Pine radar had enabled Israel to slash the time between the launch and detection of a hostile missile by 70 percent since 1991.

2002-11-08 00:00:00

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