Israel fires missile in test of defense system

AP News
Posted: Sep 09, 2014 9:32 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said it fired a missile Tuesday over the Mediterranean Sea to test part of its missile defense system designed to intercept long-range rockets.

Israel's Defense Ministry said the Arrow 2 missile "performed its flight sequence as planned" after being launched. It is part of a multilayered system Israel is developing to protect itself from a range of missile threats, from short-range rockets fired in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon to longer-range threats, like a missile launch from Iran.

The Arrow 2 has been operational since 2000 and is occasionally tested either in Israel or the United States.

Israel's more-advanced Arrow 3 is designed to strike targets outside the atmosphere, intercepting missiles closer to their launch sites. A successful Arrow 3 test was carried out in January and is expected to become operational only around 2016.