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Israel reports success in new missile defence test

Published on Nov 26, 2012 6:10 AM
 
 Israeli military's Iron Dome defence missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, is seen deployed in Gush Dan, the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, on Nov 22, 2012, a day after a cease fire was declared between the Jewish state and Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip. -- PHOTO : AFP

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli and US defence officials have successfully tested the David's Sling missile defence system, completing the first phase of the weapon's development, the defence ministry said on Sunday.

"The Israel Missile Defence Organisation and the US Missile Defense Agency completed the first phase of the development of the David's Sling Weapon System, by conducting a successful interception," a statement said.

The system "is designed to provide an additional layer of defence against ballistic missiles by adding additional opportunities for interception to the joint US-Israel Arrow weapon system," it added.

It said the test was conducted at a range in southern Israel but did not say when.

 
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