Israeli-US Anti-Missile Test Scores

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli and U.S. defense officials conducted a successful interception test of David's Sling, a layer of the anti-missile defense system designed for medium-range missiles, Wednesday morning.

"At 7:30, the target missile was launched, the Multi Mission Radar (MMR) successfully detected and tracked the target and transferred flight information to the battle management control system," Israel's Ministry of Defense reported following the test.

"The Stunner Inceptor successfully performed its planned trajectory and destroyed the target missile."

The Defense Ministry called Wednesday's successful test "a major milestone in the development of David's Sling Weapons System," saying it "provides confidence in future Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing ballistic missile threat.

In February 2012, IDF Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said more than 200,000 missiles are aimed at Israel from countries such as Lebanon (Hezbollah), Syria, and Iran, which has provided rockets, missiles and mortars to Hamas, the Palestinian faction ruling the Gaza Strip.

Israel also has the Iron Dome anti-rocket system successfully deployed against the threat of short-range rockets and the Arrow anti-ballistic system against long-range missiles.

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