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Israeli Defense Ministry Conducts Surprise Missile Test

December 9, 2019

by: Yoav Zitun

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Earlier this year a joint US–Israel test was conducted for the David’s Sling missile defense system. (illustrative)

Monday, 9 December 2019 | Israel announced Friday it had conducted a test of a rocket motor system from a base in the center of the country.

“The test was scheduled in advance and was carried out as planned,” the defense ministry said.

Tests to rocket systems are carried out periodically, among them testing of missile defense systems.

Earlier this year a joint US–Israel test was conducted for the David’s Sling missile defense system which was made operational two years ago to respond to the threat of ballistic missile attacks.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Portugal on Wednesday to discuss the growing threats from Iran.

According to a report in the New York Times on Thursday, Iran has been using the continuing chaos in Iraq to build up a hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in that country that may pose a threat to American allies and partners in the region, including Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Posted on December 9, 2019

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on December 6, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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