Israel says successfully tests missile defence system at sea

AFP , Wednesday 18 May 2016

Israel has successfully tested a maritime missile interception system dubbed the Iron Dome of the Sea, the occupation military announced on Wednesday.

The system, which the occupation military said can shoot down short-range rockets , successfully destroyed "several" missiles, Ariel Shir, head of operational systems in the navy, said.

He said the test, which took place two weeks ago, "proved the Israeli navy's ability to protect Israel's strategic assets at sea against short-range ballistic rockets".

During the 2014 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, Israeli occupation forces deployed the Iron Dome system on land to shoot down rockets fired across the border.

A similar system has been in development for several years and was revealed to the public on Wednesday.

A video provided by the army showed a rocket launcher installed on a ship firing at targets in the sky and later intercepting a missile.

Israel has a number of assets at sea, including a major offshore gas rig around 16 nautical miles from the beseiged-Gaza Strip.

Any damage to the rig could be potentially hugely damaging to the Israeli economy, since it provides large amounts of the country's energy needs.

#The story was edited by Ahram Online.

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