Israel Aborts Arrow-3 Missile Test for Second Time

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A problem in transferring data from ground systems caused the second cancellation of an Arrow-3 test in the last two months, according to Moshe Patel, director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization. Test engineers declared this a “no test,” and not a failed test, because the interceptor missile was never launched. The previous test last month was cancelled over safety concerns, as the target was not functioning correctly. The flaw in this most recent test is not related to the December test, which had been fixed, according to Boaz Levy, the general manager and executive VP of Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Systems, Missiles Space Group. Arrow-3 is a joint Israeli-American program designed to intercept ICBMs outside the atmosphere.