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[EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing
Mr. Kenneth H. Bacon, ASD (PA)
Tuesday, March 11, 1997 - 1:30 p.m.

I'd also like to make a brief announcement. There was a successful test this morning of the Arrow II anti-tactical ballistic missile. The test was conducted in Israel. In the test, the Arrow II intercepted and hit a modified Arrow I missile which had been launched as a target. This was the fourth test of the Arrow II missile which is being developed jointly by the U.S. and Israel, and it's the second successful intercept out of the four tests so far. Both U.S. and Israeli teams are very satisfied with the test results and the program is ongoing, obviously.

Q: Tell us about the Arrow. Does the U.S. have access to all the technology, the hardware, etc., of this Arrow that is being developed with Israel?

A: We're co-developers of it, and I believe we do.

Q: Does it substitute for the THAAD?

A: No. There are a number of differences, but the most fundamental difference is that THAAD is mobile and this is not a mobile system. This is an entirely different system.