press trust of india
Jerusalem, 3 September
Israel today said it had conducted a joint missile test with the USA over the Mediterranean Sea, hours after Russia’s announcement of its detection of missile launches added to jitters about possible military action against the Syrian regime.
Israel’sDefence Ministry saidit had successfully tested a new version of the Sparrow target missile, which is said to be part of the indigenously developed Arrow anti-missile system.
The test was carried out with the US Missile Defence Agency, the ministry said
in a statement. “This is the first flight out test of this
new version of the Sparrow, and was conducted at an Israeli test range over the Mediterranean Sea,” the statement said.
Earlier, Russia announced that its early warning system had detected the launch of two missiles at sea, adding to region-wide jitters over a possible US military strike against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier today warned against any attack on Israel in response to threats from radical elements in West Asia.
“The reality around us is changing. I want to say to anyone who wants to harm us it is not advisable,” Mr Netanyahu said on the margins of an official event in Beersheba.
Analysts believe today’s missile test was part of preparations against a possible long-range missile attack on Israel in retaliation to any US-led military action against Syria.