AST#5 was performed successfully on September 14, 2000.
AST#5 was the third System Interception Test of the Arrow Weapon System, and was the first in which AWS engaged and intercepted RAFAEL's "Black Sparrow" target missile in a "head-on" geometry interception mission.
The main objective of the test was to demonstrate and validate the Arrow Weapon System's initial operational capability, long-range operation and performance, and high altitude interception trajectory.
As per the planned test scenario, the "Black Sparrow" test missile was launched toward Israeli's coastline from an IAF F-15 aircraft at a ballistic trajectory simulating an aggressor SCUD TBM.
The Fire & Control Radar located the target and tracked it. Then the BMC3I
Center planned an interception mission and delivered it via the Launcher Control Center to the launcher, which then launched an Arrow 2 interceptor towards the "Black Sparrow" and the target was destroyed.
The weapon system test and "Black Sparrow" target missile launch were managed and controlled by an operational unit from an Israeli Air Force Base.