Israel successfully tests advanced missile defence system

Israel successfully tests advanced missile defence system
JERUSALEM -- Israel says it has successfully tested the country s advanced missile defence system capable of defending against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere.

The Defence Ministry says Tuesday s successful test of the Arrow-3 interceptor is "a major milestone" in Israel s ability to defend itself "against current and future threats in the region." It comes a couple days after Israel thwarted an Iranian missile attack.

Arrow-3 is part of the multi-layered system Israel is developing to defend against both short- and mid-range rockets fired from Gaza and Lebanon, as well as Iran s long-range missiles. It includes Iron Dome, David s Sling, and the Arrow-2 systems.

It was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and U.S. aviation giant Boeing and became operational in January 2017.
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