The AST USFT#1 was successfully performed on July 29, 2004.
An Arrow anti – ballistic missile successfully intercepted and destroyed a target during a joint United States – Israel test program.
Video: Arrow System Test USFT#1. [5.7Mb | 1':40"]
The test was part of the ongoing Arrow System Improvement Program (ASIP), which is being carried out by Israel and the United States.
This was the twelfth Arrow interceptor test and the seventh test of the complete Arrow System. The test was conducted at the Point Mugu Sea Range in California. The objectives of the test were to demonstrate the Arrow System's improved performance against a target that represents a threat to Israel. The test represented a realistic scenario that could not have been tested in Israel due to test range safety restrictions.
The target, representing a real threat in the region, was provided by the MDA Targets Office.
The target trajectory demonstrated an operational scenario and all the Arrow system components performed successfully in their full operational configuration.
The success of this test was an important step in proving the system's operational ability and its response to the existing and growing threat of ballistic missiles in our region. The successful test highlighted the co-operation between the U.S and Israeli governments in ballistic missile defense.