The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) was forced to cancel a planned test of its Arrow-3 missile defense system on Wednesday for the second time in just over a month after a data malfunction. The test was intended to examine future improvements in the system, the defense ministry said.
"Due to a problem with the data transfer in the ground test array, the interceptor missile was not launched, and therefore engineers declared it a no test," a statement from the defense ministry said.
The ministry added that the malfunction has no effect on its operational Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems. Mosh Patel, the Director of Israel Missile Defense Organization, stressed that the test was not a failed test, as the interceptor missile was never launched.
In December, a test of the Arrow-3 was halted after a flaw in the target missile was discovered. The simulator missile, which was supposed to simulate a ballistic missile fired at Israel, was fired but it quickly became clear that it was not functioning as expected.