Israel has partnered with the US to develop the next-generation Arrow-4 air defense system. The Arrow-4 missile, jointly developed by the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and the US Missile Defense Agency, has been underway since 2017.
Although the Arrow-4 was originally designed to counter new long-range missiles; but recent sources say, it may have more advanced capabilities. This makes even more sense, given that the US and Israel, both allies, face significant threats from countries like Iran, Russia, and China.
Israel has always been at the forefront of developing the most powerful and effective air defense systems globally, in the face of frequent threats from its Arab neighbors and the Palestinian territories.
Israeli defense companies have developed an effective air defense system, known as the “Iron Dome“, to protect the country from mortar and missile aatacks.
Israel is also a pioneer in building a multi-layered defense system. The Jewish state has equipped itself with a multi-layered Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) shield, including Arrow 2, Arrow 3, Barak-8, Iron Dome, and Iron Beam (laser-based).
The Arrow 2 and 3 missiles form the top layer of Israel’s defense shield, both jointly developed by Israeli defense company Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and US Boeing. These missiles are part of the Arrow Air Defense Weapon System (AWS); This is the world’s first autonomous, national-level tactical ballistic missile (ATBM) defense system.