Israel Tests Arrow 2 Anti-missile Defense System

Test launch of interceptor missile, conducted in partnership with the U.S., was postponed by fighting in Gaza.

Reuters

Israeli and U.S. defense officials on Tuesday conducted a test of the Arrow 2 missile defense system in central Israel.

Residents in the vicinity of Ashdod, a major coastal city near the Palmahim region - where the test was conducted - reported seeing smoke trails in the sky.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement that an Arrow 2 interceptor missile was launched "according to plans. It added that the results of the test are currently being analyzed.

The Defense Ministry confirmed that the test was conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency.

The test was to be held in the summer but was postponed by the fighting in Gaza.

Israel tested the Arrow 3, a system for intercepting long-range missiles, in January at its experimental field at Palmahim. Officials deemed that test, which also involved the United States, a success.