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Israel successfully Test fires 3 Missile Defence Systems over Mediterranean Sea 

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Israel-Tests-Missile-Defence-System-Amid-Escalating-Hostilities-With-IranOn December 15, 2020, Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) together with United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully test fired a series of Israel’s 3 multi-range missile defence systems namely – “Arrow”, “David’s Sling” & “Iron Dome” over the Mediterranean Sea. The tests are being conducted amidst heightening tensions between Israel & Iran.

The tests showcased the interoperability of the multilayered air-defense mechanisms (Arrow Missile, David’s Sling and Iron Dome).

Key Points:

i.The results of the tests will be used to evaluate and upgrade the system’s capabilities.

ii.The tests were led by Rafael Advanced Systems, Israel’s Air Force & Navy participated in the tests.

iii.The drills showcased the capability of the systems to intercept a range of aerial targets from drones to long range ballistic missiles.

‘Arrow Missile’:

It is an anti-ballistic missile jointly developed by Israel and the United States of America. Arrow intercepts country’s long-range missiles.

‘David’s Sling’:

i.David’s Sling is an anti-ballistic missile & Surface-to-Air missile used to shoot down medium-range missiles.

ii.It is jointly developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems & USA’s Raytheon.

‘Iron Dome’:

i.It is an air defence system used to target incoming rocket fires.

ii.It is developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems & Israel Aerospace Industries.

Recent Related News:

i.On August 13, 2020, Israel announced that it has successfully tested their advanced missile defence system, Arrow-2, a ballistic missile Interceptor which was built with the support of the United States of America.

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Prime Minister- Benjamin Netanyahu
Capital– Jerusalem
Currency– Israeli Shekel