IAI and Lockheed Martin collaborate on missile defense tech to attack ballistic and hypersonic missiles

Sept. 9, 2021
Israel has the Iron Dome system to intercept crude unguided rockets and David's Sling to attack high and fast aircraft and cruise missiles.

WASHINGTON – In February 2021, the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced they are working together on designing the next-generation Arrow 4 air defense missile to counter new types of long-range ballistic and hypersonic missiles that have yet to enter service in the Middle East. The National Interest reports. Continue reading original article

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9 Sept. 2021 -- Then in July, Arrow program lead Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Lockheed-Martin agreed to cooperate on the development to box-out Boeing, which had co-developed the preceding Arrow 3. Reportedly, Lockheed will even take over production of additional Arrow 3 missiles.

The move reflects the intimate financial and technology-sharing relationship between Israel and the U.S. on missile defense. Between 2008 and 2019, Israel reportedly received $3.8 billion in U.S. aid to develop parts of the Arrow missile.

The Arrow 4 is to replace the preceding-generation of Arrow 2 missiles in handling low-flying short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, and have the ability to attack maneuverable hypersonic cruise missiles and glide-vehicle weapons.

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John Keller, chief editor
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