Deliveries of upgraded Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM) for Israel’s Israel Aerospace Industries/Boeing Arrow medium-to-high altitude anti-ballistic missile system have commenced.
Arrow batteries are receiving the Block-4 variant of the SAM which includes a new radar designed to improve the accuracy of the missile.
One report from Agence France Presse noted that the Block-4 upgrade allows the Arrow battery to be “sychronised with US systems that are already in use in the region.” The report did not provide any additional details as to what this means in principle.
However, this may be a reference to the Arrow system being able to use targeting data provided by Lockheed Martin AN/TPY-2 X-band missile defence radars which are located in eastern Turkey and in Israel’s NegevDesert.
The Block-4 missile is thought to have a high degree of capability against Syrian Scud-D and Iranian Shahab-3 surface-to-surface missiles.