Israel Tests State of the Art Maritime Missiles, IDF Says

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An exercise by Israel Navy in Ashkelon, February 2020.
An exercise by Israel Navy in Ashkelon, February 2020. Credit: Ilan Assayag
Yaniv Kubovich

The Israel Navy and a department at the Defense Ministry have successfully tested a sea-to-sea weapons system developed by Israel's Aircraft Industries to to ensure naval superiority in the future, an IDF spokeperson announced Friday.

The Israel Navy and the Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (ADWTI) have conducted a series of planned tests ahead of time to test the competence of the sea-to-sea missile system. 

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The new missile system has a longer range and more accurate attack capabilities, greater offensive flexibility and a capability to better counter more advanced threats.  

The tests have readied the system for operational use by the navy, and these missiles shall  be integrated into the existing missile boat system in the coming months. As part of the tests which were completed successfully, a missile was fired at a target boat designed to simulate an enemy target. 

Israel also successfully tested the Arrow 2 ballistic missile interceptor, developed in collaboration with the United States, in August.

This test comes amid heated discussion over the proposed U.S. sale of F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates following their normalization agreement with Israel, and how this may undermine Israel's military advantage in the region. 

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