This week is a hopeful time for U.S.-Israeli relations, with a presidential inauguration prompting expectations of improved bonds between the historic allies. However, as reported by The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross and seen in the above video, cooperation between the nations was highlighted in the unveiling of the Israeli military's first Arrow 3 missile defense battery:
The Israeli Air Force received its first Arrow 3 missile defense system on Wednesday, a little over a year after its first real-world test, the Defense Ministry said.
After years of development and testing, the system is now considered operational, though it will continue to undergo checks and improvements, the ministry said.
“We’re entering a new age — the age of the Arrow 3,” Moshe Patel, the head of Israel’s missile defense program, said at the unveiling ceremony for the system.
“Today, we delivered to the air force the first Arrow 3 interceptor, with interception capabilities that are much greater and can be done from much farther away than anything that we have now,” Patel said.
The Arrow 3, which was developed in a joint Israeli-American program, is designed to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere, taking out the weapons and their nuclear, biological, chemical or conventional warheads closer to their launch sites.
The system is considered to be one of the most advanced in the world...