In 1983, Former President Ronald Reagan had a vision for missile defense as a "Cold War Policy" that was highly criticized and scoffed at by his liberal detractors. It was named the "Strategic Defense Initiative Missile Defense System". The liberals criticized it by giving it the name "Star Wars" and claimed the technology was fictional.
In 2014 and a huge leap forward, we are seeing the "Reagan SDI Dream" being fulfilled in spite of the liberals criticisms and ideology, fearing that this would upset the delicate nuclear balance between the United States and the then Soviet Union.
We are also witnessing the fallacy of the liberal philosophy of concern for upsetting the nuclear balance now that Russia's leader Vladimir Putin recently threatened the specter of using his nuclear weapons should the West involve itself in the current Ukraine crisis and is using it to his advantage to attack a much smaller neighbor to illegally annex its territory into the Russian orbit.
Now we see that America and Israel have solved the SDI Technology for missile defense. This is a huge game changer and extremely positive for America's national security and safety from nuclear attack; and it is sure to raise loud howls of angst and anger from our adversaries. (Especially the Russians and Vladimir Putin)
This also swings the balance of power to America and the West should Putin (or China) continue to use its nuclear arsenal as a threat when pursuing their hostile and violent territorial ambitions and annexations at the expense of their neighboring countries.
The Arrow 2, jointly funded and produced by Israel and the US, is the first operational missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles. (ICBM’s)
By: Hana Levi Julian - Published: September 9th, 2014
Arrow anti-ballistic missile defense system in testing phase.- Photo Credit: Courtesy, Israel Ministry of Defense. Link to Video
The improved Arrow 2 anti-ballistic missile system performed as planned Tuesday morning at an intercept test over the Mediterranean Sea, a Defense Ministry spokesperson said.
The test was conducted by the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of DDR&D and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency at an Israeli test range.
During the test, “an Arrow 2 missile was launched and performed its flight sequence as planned,” the spokesperson said. “The results are being analyzed by program engineers.”
The test results, however, have no effect on Israeli operational systems’ capability to cope with the existing threats in the region, the spokesperson emphasized.
“This test was an improved version of the joint U.S.-Israel Arrow Weapon System, intended to counter future threats.”
The five-tier defense system is being developed and integrated by Israel Aerospace Industries in conjunction with Boeing, Elta and Elbit/Elisra.
The mobile Arrow defense system is comprised of the hypersonic Arrow anti-missile interceptor, the Elta “Green Pine” early warning AESA radar, the Elisra “Golden Citron” center and the Israel Aerospace Industries “Brown Hazelnut” launch control center.
The first operational missile defense system specifically designed and built to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles, the Arrow system is considered to be one of the most advanced missile defense programs currently in existence.
Jointly funded and produced by Israel and the United States, development of the Arrow began in 1986, with improvements and adjustments continuing ever since.
The Israeli Air Defense Command of the IDF remains — at least for now — the sole user of the complete Arrow system.