Arrow test
Arrow type missile being launched in an IDF test site, 2006. Photo by IDF
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Israel and the United States successfully carried out a test of Israel's Arrow anti-missile system off the coast of California on Tuesday morning.

The Defense Ministry says the Arrow detected, intercepted and destroyed a target missile launched from an offshore platform late Monday inside a U.S. Navy firing range.

The test was held in order to see if the missile would be successful against Iran's advanced missile, the Shahab 3, which could be used to hit Israel and regional U.S. bases.

Jointly developed by Israel and the U.S., the Arrow detects an incoming missile and destroys it with a second missile. It is primarily aimed at defending Israel from the threat of an Iranian missile strike.

Tuesday's statement said the test provides confidence in operational Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing ballistic missile threat.

It was the latest in a series of successful tests of the system.