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ARROW 2 MISSILE SUCCEEDS IN INTERCEPTING TARGET ROCKET FOR FIRST TIME

ISRAEL LINE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 1996

  The Arrow 2 missile successfully intercepted a target rocket for the first
time in a trial launch at the Palmachim air force base, HA'ARETZ reported.
  Tuesday's test was designed to check the Arrow 2's firing and targeting
systems.  It also collected information on missile behavior just before
intercepting its target.
  The target rocket, which was programmed to imitate a ground to ground
missile, was fired from a ship stationed off the Israeli coast.  Upon
reentering the earth's atmosphere, the target missile was destroyed by a
direct hit from the Arrow 2.  The Arrow 2 took 50 seconds to intercept the
target and the point of impact was approximately 12.5 miles high.
  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Israel Aircraft Industries and
the Air Force on the successful trial.  The next test will be held at the
beginning of 1997.  The Arrow 2 is scheduled to be operational by the
beginning of 1999.





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