Israel, US successfully test integration of missile defense systems

The Israeli Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have successfully conducted a test meant to check the integration of Israeli and American missile defense systems, it was announced Wednesday.

The “Integrated Ground Test,” the first of its kind, ended June 22. It tested real-time communication between missile defense systems in Israel and the US, simulating a scenario in which thousands of rockets and missiles from Iran and Lebanon are fired at Israel to see how efficiently the six different missile defense systems can eliminate the threat.

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The missile defense systems tested were Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 as well as Israel’s David’s Sling in conjunction with US systems Aegis Ships, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot missile defense systems.

The test was conducted simultaneously at development centers in Israel, which simulated Israel’s multi-layered missile defense system, and at development centers scattered across the US.

The defense ministry hailed the test as “another milestone in the missile defense program, which is a cooperation between the US and Israel.”

The test was carried out by Elisra, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems.