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In a test designed to examine the Arrow anti-ballistic missile's ability to intercept and destroy incoming missiles at high altitudes, the missile system successfully detected and obliterated a target missile early Tuesday.

The test was the sixth in a series examining the operational performance of the Arrow, now deployed by the Israel Air Force.

Development of the Israeli-U.S. Arrow system gained impetus during the 1991 Gulf War, when then-Iraqi president Saddam Hussein fired 39 Scud missiles into Israel.

The United States rushed Patriot anti-missiles to Israel in an effort to combat the Scuds, but the results of the deployment were disappointing. Some experts said the Patriots may even have worsened the situation, causing additional damage when they landed.