ARROW-2 MISSILE PARTNER IN U.S.
Israel hopes to find a U.S. industrial partner this year for its
Arrow-2 ballistic missile defense program so it can boost production
for the interceptor, says Arieh Herzog, the director of Israel’s
missile defense organization. Israel Aircraft Industries, the prime
contractor for Arrow, builds the interceptor and has been meeting
with U.S. industry officials in recent weeks to establish a suitable
The goal is
not only to build more interceptors, Herzog said, but also to try
to take advantage of modern manufacturing techniques to reduce their
operational with the Israeli air force earlier this year, but only
with a limited capability. Eventually, Israel plans to field three
Arrow batteries, each with multiple missile launchers.
Next year, Israel,
with U.S. assistance, also plans to start an Arrow Improvement Program
to keep the program effective as it faces increasingly sophisticated
theater ballistic missiles.