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Israel, US successfully test missile defense system in Alaska

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An image of Israel and the US’s test launch of the Arrow 3 missile defense system

"We are committed to assisting the government of Israel in upgrading its national missile defense capability to defend the state of Israel and deployed U.S. forces from emerging threats", Vice Admiral John Hill, director of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, said in a statement.

The Arrow 3 exoatmospheric hypersonic anti-ballistic missile system has just performed a very successful series of experiments in Alaska, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benjamin Netanyahu announced at the start of Sunday's cabinet meeting.

Complemented by a number of other missile defense systems created to protect Israel from short-, medium- and long-range attacks, the Arrow 3 system represents the highest level of Israel's multi-tiered missile defense network. "This is a great achievement for the security of Israel".

Israel views the Arrow-3 as a bulwark against the ballistic missiles fielded by Iran and Syria.

Reports indicate that the test is part of an $80 million contract between MDA and the Alaska Aerospace Corp, and was conducted outside Israel due to the difficulty in testing such a long-range system in a small country such as Israel.

"Today Israel has the ability to act against ballistic missiles launched against us from Iran or anywhere else", Netanyahu said.

It passed the first full interception test over the Mediterranean Sea in 2015 and was deployed in Israel in 2017.

Friedman said that he was speaking for US President Donald Trump and the US administration in saying "how delighted we were" at the successful results of the test, which is "a critical element of Israel's missile defense".

Netanyahu showed a video of the successful test to the cabinet, and noted that the explosion that destroyed the target missile did not happen near it, but rather "metal hit metal".

"We are committed to assisting the government of Israel in upgrading its national missile defense capability to defend the state of Israel and deployed USA forces from emerging threats", Vice Admiral John Hill, director of the Pentagon's Missile Defence Agency, said in a statement. The bottom tier is the short-range Iron Dome interceptor while David's Sling shoots down mid-range missiles. In January, an exercise was called off because of a data transfer problem and in December a test was canceled over safety concerns.

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