This is coolbert:
A missile able to hit a missile. The bullet able to hit a bullet. Used to be thought to be impossible. No longer?
Also consider the use of a surface-to-air missile [SAM] as a ballistic missile. A usage for which was never intended but seems now all the rage?
NO where in the main stream media did I see this covered. Thanks to the Israeli Internet outlet Ynet:
"Intercepted Syrian missile carried 200 kilograms of explosives"
"IAF investigation into the interception of the Syrian missile reveals that ‘there were no dilemmas or questions’ when it came to the decision to launch the Arrow; ‘The missile was supposed to hit the Jordan Valley.’"
Syrian SA-5 surface-to-air missile [SAM] fired in the attempted shoot-down of an Israeli warplane on a course for impact within Israel close to a populated area.
ISRAELI ARROW ANTI-BALLISTIC-MISSILE [ABM] INTERCEPTING AND DESTROYING.
SA-5 NATO code named Gammon. Sold for export only to Syria and Libya.
This not the first time a SA-5 missile intercepted and destroyed by Arrow.
Two-hundred kilo grams = Four-hundred forty pounds of high explosive. A big bang!
Admittedly this engagement with the errant SA-5 [having missed the intended target] was not an intercept of an on-course ballistic missile as that term "ballistic missile" generally, commonly and normally understood. But close!
See previous blog entry, the South Korean Hyunmoo surface-to-surface ballistic missile a reverse-engineered knock-off of the American Nike Hercules SAM.