Israel, US test new Arrow missile system
Iran Press TV
Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:13PM GMT
Israel and the United States have test fired the latest generation of their Arrow missile system, the Arrow 3, over the Mediterranean Sea.
'This is the first flight test of the Arrow 3 interceptor and was conducted at an Israeli test range over the Mediterranean Sea,' the Israeli defense ministry said in a statement on Monday.
The Arrow is a jointly-produced missile system designed to counter long-range missile attacks.
The Arrow 3 will be used by Israel alongside the existing, lower-trajectory Arrow 2, the US-Israeli David's Sling medium-range system and the home-grown Iron Dome, which was active in the eight days of Israeli offensive against Palestinians in the Gaza strip.
According to the Israeli military the Iron Dome only brought down 421 of 1,354 retaliatory rockets fired into Israel by Palestinian resistance fighters in the coastal enclave.
Earlier, an Israeli military spokesman said that an Iron Dome battery will be placed in the Dan Bloc, or greater Tel Aviv region, as part of a process to make the system fully operational in all locations.
Several rockets fired from Gaza Strip hit the Israeli capital, Tel Aviv, during the 8 day war.
Over 160 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed and about 1,200 others were injured in the Israeli attacks on Gaza.
Gaza has been under crippling Israeli blockade since 2007 after democratically-elected Hamas movement took over the administration of the enclave.
The Israeli regime denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement and adequate healthcare and education.
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