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Israel successfully test fires ballistic target

Blue Sparrow surrogate ballistic target successfully launched early Tuesday from IAF aircraft, meant to simulate Shahab-3 attack on Israel

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 04.15.08, 15:15 / Israel News

The Arrow project is advancing. The defense establishment conducted Tuesday morning a successful test fire of the Blue Sparrow surrogate ballistic target simulating the threat of Iranian missiles on Israel. The missile is designed to be used as target for the Arrow system experiments in intercepting ballistic missiles.


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Blue Sparrow’s first trial was rendered a success and it will be incorporated into upcoming test fires of the Arrow. The air launched target missile, made by RAFAEL, is launched from an Israeli Air Force fighter aircraft, simulating the flight of an advanced Shahab-3 ballistic missile used by the Iranians.


Various systems of the target missile have been tested to check how closely its characteristics imitate the threats Israel is being faced with.


Initial reports show that the missile has passed its first trial and will be subject to examination on other parameters. However, the real test will take place in the next few months, when the advanced Arrow 3 system will have to intercept this missile.


So far, some of the Arrow experiments have been conducted on another surrogate ballistic target, the Black Sparrow. This missile was launched from an aircraft as a simulation of an advanced Scud missile found in some countries like Syria and Iran.


The Arrow will now have to stand the test opposite the Blue Sparrow, which is similar in its characteristics to the Shahab missiles held by the Iranians.


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