Article Archive: Current 1999 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
 Latest
 News
 
 Most
 Read
 
 Most
 Commented
 Hot
 Topics
Air Defense: Arrow In Asia Anonymously
   Next Article → SUBMARINES: All Digital, Much Cheaper
January 22, 2012: Israel has announced the sale of a $1.6 billion anti-missile system. All that was said about the customer was that it was not India and was Asian. The system in question is Arrow 2, and its Green Pine radar. The Arrow anti-missile system has been in service for 12 years and has racked up an impressive string of successes in test launches. Designed to deal with short and medium range ballistic missiles, it protects Israel from Syrian and Iranian missiles. That said, the most likely "Asian customer" is Taiwan, Japan or South Korea. All three could afford a $1.6 billion anti-missile system and all three might need one (against Chinese, North Korean and North Korean missiles respectively). 

Israel itself has three batteries of Arrow anti-missile missiles. The latest battery to enter service (two years ago) has the new Oren Adir (Magnificent Pine) radar, which has a longer range and is better able to identify potential targets than the existing Green Pine radar. An Arrow battery has 4-8 launchers and each launcher carries six missiles in containers. The Arrow was developed to knock down Scud type missiles fired from Syria, Saudi Arabia, or Iraq. The two ton Arrow 1 is being replaced with the 1.3 ton Arrow 2, which can shoot down ballistic missiles fired from Iran. Israel is currently developing and testing an upgraded Arrow 2, which can take down longer range Iranian missiles. The even more effective Arrow 3 is not expected to be ready for use for 2-3 years.

The United States has long shared the expense of developing the Israeli Arrow anti-missile missile system. This includes contributing over a hundred million dollars for work on the Arrow 3. More than half the nearly three billion dollar cost of developing and building Arrow has come from the United States. In addition, American firms have done some of the development work or contributed technology. The U.S. has also provided Israel with a mobile X-band radar that enables it to detect incoming ballistic missiles farther away. Currently, the Israeli Green Pine radar can only detect a ballistic missile fired from Iran when the missile warhead is about two minutes from hitting a target in Israel. The X-band radar allows the Iranian missile to be spotted when it is 5-6 minutes away, enabling the Israeli Arrow anti-missile missile to hit the Iranian warhead farther away and with greater certainty. The Arrow 3 is expected to need something like the X-band radar to take advantage of the longer missile range. The Arrow 3 could also use satellite or UAV warnings of distant ballistic missile launches. Arrow 3 weighs about half as much as Arrow 2 and costs about a third less. First tests of Arrow 3 are to take place next year.

In 2010 Israel began increasing the production of its Arrow anti-missile missiles. Costing over three million dollars each, and partly constructed in the United States (by Boeing), the Arrow missiles are one of the few proven anti-missile systems available. Since Arrow entered service ten years ago, only about 120 missiles have been built. Currently, Israel has over a hundred Arrow missiles available and would like to increase that to 200 in the next few years.

 

Next Article → SUBMARINES: All Digital, Much Cheaper
  

Show Only Poster Name and Title     Newest to Oldest
Hamilcar1234    Most likely suspect?   1/22/2012 1:47:07 PM
Not Taiwan surprisingly and not the RoKs
 
H.
 
Quote    Reply

LB       1/22/2012 2:43:14 PM
Interesting comment could you please expand on that and say why?  Israel has already sold the Green Pine radar to Korea (and India) and thus one might have assumed it was likely to be Korea or perhaps Singapore given their situation and history buying Israeli kit.
 
 

Not Taiwan surprisingly and not the RoKs

 

H.

 
Quote    Reply

Shawnc    Jumping to conclusions.   1/23/2012 5:49:24 AM
Googled a bit for some background info, and all other sources refer to this as a USD$1.1 billion package deal for 'missiles, anti-missile systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), intelligence and other systems, plus upgrades to in-service combat aircraft and helicopters.'
 
There is therefore no explicit reference to the Arrow Anti-Ballistic Missile system - the term 'anti-missile system' could be in reference to the Trophy anti-ATGM system for armoured vehicles or even the Barak point defense naval missile system.
 
It may be a sale to India, or to South Korea or Singapore - there's also no explicit information that specifically states that the sale isn't to India.
 
With regard to Arrow - the Indians are still pouring money into developing their own ABM system, and there's quite a bit of national pride involved. The South Koreans & Japanese already operate both Patriots and Standard SM-3 systems while Singapore recently took delivery of SPYDER, although it has been interested in Arrow in the past.
 
 
Interesting comment could you please expand on that and say why?  Israel has already sold the Green Pine radar to Korea (and India) and thus one might have assumed it was likely to be Korea or perhaps Singapore given their situation and history buying Israeli kit.
 
 


Not Taiwan surprisingly and not the RoKs


 


H.

 
Quote    Reply

Hamilcar1234       1/23/2012 8:00:40 AM
1. India has a history of troubled rocketry.
2. Singapore and Israel have cooperated in the past.
 
H.
 
Quote    Reply