Israeli missile defense systems are a vital component of the Israeli Army’s defense. It is no secret that Iran and other nations in the Middle East aspire to destroy the State of Israel.
Early Days of Israeli Missile Defense
The Arrow 3 is a continuation of many other anti-missile defense systems that Israel has employed. The beginning of Israel’s battles against incoming missiles goes back to the early years of the State. In the 1948 War of Independence, Israeli airmen dropped soda bottles out of airplanes. All they did was make a loud hissing sound. But, they were mildly effective at sowing fear among Egyptian forces. Israeli artillery could barely shoot past advancing Israeli soldiers. Since then, Israel has come a long way.
In the late 50’s, David Ben-Gurion decided that Israel needs to create a nuclear reactor. The world was changing. Israel clearly needed to be able to counter any threat. Israel had entered a new phase. This was a vital decision.
Russian-made anti-missile systems succeeded AGAINST Israel in the Yom Kippur War. Russian-made anti-tank missiles and anti-aircraft missiles were also effective against Israeli defenders. Thankfully, the bravery and ingenuity of the young Israeli soldiers overcame these effective systems.
But, something important occurred. Israel finally realized that it needed to develop more advanced weaponry – on it’s own – than the Russian weaponry.
As much as President Nixon and the United States supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War, Israel still had some very critical moments where discussion of survival even made it to the war room.
From the 70’s, through the 80’s, and certainly from the 90’s forward, Israel has invested more and more in advanced missile systems.
The goal – independent defense of the State of Israel from all incoming missile threats.
The Iron Dome is an effective weapon against thousands of missiles the Hamas fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip.
The Arrow 3 Israeli missile insures Israel’s security. Israel and the IDF are prepared.