Israel Conducts Experimental Missile Test

On May 29, Israel test-fired an undisclosed “experimental” rocket propulsion system. The rocket was launched from a military base in central Israel and its flight was captured in pictures and video on social media. Officials announced that the test was successful.

Israel’s Defense Ministry did not provide any comments on the missile type or potential use, but spectators believe it may be related to Israel’s Jericho 3 missile, a solid fueled intermediate-range ballistic missile with an operational range between 4,800-6,500km. Alternatively, analysts point out that the tested rocket propulsion system may be used to improve Israel’s Arrow 3 interceptors, an element in Israel’s three-tiered missile defense.

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Missile Defense Project, "Israel Conducts Experimental Missile Test," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, May 29, 2017, last modified June 15, 2018,