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Israel tests anti-missile defense system

Defense Ministry confirms launch conducted from military base in central Israel; system meant to be used in response to threat of ballistic missiles.
Israel on Thursday conducted a launch of a rocket propulsion system from a military base in central Israel, the Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement. The system is meant to propel ballistic missiles and is capable of launching satellites into space.

“The test was planned by the Defense Ministry in advance and was executed as planned,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

In 2013, foreign sources claimed the Israeli military test-fired a new long-range ballistic missile reportedly capable of carrying a nuclear, chemical or biological warhead.

Israeli media, citing analysts, said the test was very likely related to Israel’s Jericho ballistic missile system. Analysts say the most modern version of the system, the Jericho III, has a range of between 5,000 and 11,000 kilometers, and can carry a warhead of up to one ton.

Three months ago, Defense Ministry officials confirmed that an Arrow 2 missile had failed an interception trial in September 2014, and that an Arrow 3 trial scheduled for December had been cancelled at the last minute.


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