Israel, U.S. Conduct Joint Missile Test in Mediterranean

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel and the United States launched a missile in the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday to test the Arrow anti-missile defense system.

The joint test came against the backdrop of growing regional tensions over a possible U.S. missile strike against Syria following the reported use of chemical weapons there.

But the Israeli Ministry of Defense said the test was prescheduled and had nothing to do with current tensions in the region.

The Russian Ministry of Defense first reported it had detected the launch. But its embassy in Damascus said there were no reports of rockets landing in Syria.

Israel's Defense Ministry later confirmed that the Israel Missile Defense Organization in conjunction with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency had completed a "successful flight test" of the Sparrow target missile.

"The Arrow weapon system's Super Green Pine Radar successfully detected and tracked the target…[and transferred] the information to the Citron Tree Battle Management Control System," the ministry's statement read.

Israel beefed up its missile defenses last week when it appeared the U.S. would strike Syria, but it lowered the heightened state of alert in the north on Tuesday with the delay of U.S. action.

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