(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel’s Homa Administration in the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT), in cooperation with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), has successfully tested the Sparrow target missile used in anti-missile defense systems, the Israeli Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
The statement came some four hours after the 9:15 a.m. missile test, and about one hour after the Russian Defense Ministry said its radar had picked up two “objects” that were fired from the middle of the Mediterranean towards the coastline.
Israel has recently carried out similar tests in conjunction with the U.S. MDA, but Tuesday’s test comes at a time of heightened tension in the region, with U.S. and Russian naval forces in the area ahead of a possible American-led strike against the Syrian regime for its use of chemical weapons in eastern Damascus.
“The objective of the exercise was to test the advanced capabilities of the new [Sparrow] missile as well as to hone the capabilities of the Arrow missile defense system, including radar capabilities and controls,” the Israeli statement said.
Israel’s four-layer defense capability includes the Iron Dome missile defense system, David’s Sling (currently in development), the Arrow 2 and the Arrow 3 (in development). Both the Iron Dome and Arrow 2 systems are already operational.