The Israeli defense establishment carried out a missile test Monday morning and residents in the country's center reported seeing the launch in the sky. The Israeli Air Force confirmed a "launch of a rocket propulsion system around central Israel" following the test.
- Israel Successfully Tests Magic Wand Anti-missile System
- Israel Air Force Receives First Arrow 3 Anti-missile Interceptors
In January, the Israeli Air Force received its first operation-ready Arrow 3 anti-missile interceptors, the result of a joint-development project with the U.S. designed to intercept ballistic missiles at long distances.
Just days later, Israel successfully tested the Magic Wand anti-missile system, designed to defend against short-to-medium range rockets.
Israel is widely believed, according to foreign reports, to have "Jericho" ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, civilian "Shavit" rockets used to launch satellites and the Arrow missile interceptor.