Israel begins to develop a new generation of missile defense systems, which will replace the Hezb-2 systems created two decades ago. It was announced by TASS citing the press service of the Israeli Defense Ministry.
Israel begins to develop a new generation of missile defense systems
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – Israel’s Office of Missile Defense is beginning to work with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to develop the Hezb-4 (Arrow-4) anti-aircraft system
“The Hez-4 system will be the next generation of interceptor missiles in the Hez weapons system, which today consists of Hez-2 and Hez-3 systems. “Hez-4 is designed to counter a wide range of threats in the region and will replace Hez-2 for the next decades,” the Israeli Defense Ministry said.
“The Israeli military is committed to improving its defensive and offensive capabilities against ballistic missiles that threaten our country. Along with the development of vital offensive capabilities, Israel’s multi-layered missile defense system is being developed. “The development of the Hez-4 system, together with our American partners, will lead to a technological leap that will prepare us for future threats in the Middle East and beyond,” said Israeli Defense Minister Beni Gantz.
The Hez-2 is designed to intercept ballistic missiles with a range of up to 3,000 kilometers, and the Hez-3 is to defeat airborne missiles at ranges of 400 to 2,500 kilometers and altitudes up to 100 kilometers. The Hez-2 system was fielded by the Israel Defense Forces in 2000, and its first operational use was reported in March 2017. The first Hez-3 anti-missile system was handed over to the Israel Air Force in January 2017.
Israel’s multi-level missile defense system also includes the Iron Dome and David’s Sling systems, designed to intercept short- and medium-range missiles, as well as mortar shells.