A Third Antimissile Battery on its Way
14 October 2010 , 19:32
The Israeli Air Force is raising activity levels against the threat of long-range missiles
The new battery is expected to be put into operational use in the coming months. Photo: AIF
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The Israeli Air Force is building a new antimissile battery to strengthen the aerial umbrella of defense

Bar Josephine Dadon, Bamachane

The Israeli Air Force is raising activity levels against the threat of long-range missiles: another antimissile battery called Arrow is currently being built at AIF arsenals. The new battery is expected to be put into operational use in the coming months, and will join the aerial umbrella of defense provided by the unit Herev Magen.

The antimissile battery’s new location was carefully chosen: officers of Herev Magen explained that before its location was ruled, certain physical variables had to be considered to determine its new placement – the center of the country. These variables in mind, it was clear that the chosen location allowed for the best defense against long-range threats coming from various directions.

With the announcement establishing the unit’s new abilities, the IDF will have three antimissile batteries providing security against ballistic missiles. The new battery will receive, among others, the new intercepting missile of the Arrow system, considered more accurate than previous missiles. Additionally, the battery will receive the new radar Oren Adir, its range reaching farther and its ability to identify the type of missiles fired at Israel stronger.

A management center for special shots fired will also be established at the chosen location, controlling the different deployment centers of Herev Magen in the Palmachim and Ein Shemer Air Force bases. “We will work in line with the new, advanced system, allowing communication between all radars including the new one”, explained the commander of the group creating the battery, Lt. Tomer Meirav.