JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Monday it had successfully tested a new naval air defense system, intercepting a range of threats in what officials called a key layer of protection against Iran and its proxies in the region.
The “C-Dome” system is a naval version of the Iron Dome, which has been used to shoot down rockets fired from the Gaza Strip for the past decade. The C-Dome is installed on Israel’s latest generation corvette warships, which protect Israel’s coastline and offshore gas assets in the Mediterranean.
Monday’s test simulated a number of incoming threats, including rockets, cruise missiles and drones, the Defense Ministry said.
“The systems we are developing as part of Israel’s multi-layered missile defense network allow us to operate against Iranian proxies in the region and defend against their weapons systems, which are constantly being upgraded,” he said. said Defense Minister Benny Gantz. “We continue to be two steps ahead of them and will continue to develop and improve our capabilities to maintain security superiority in the region.”
The C-Dome is to be part of Israel’s multi-layered missile defense system – which includes weapons capable of intercepting everything from long-range missiles to short-range rockets.
The ordeal comes at a time of heightened tension. Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group launched a pair of drones into Israeli airspace last week, and Iran is reportedly close to signing a new international nuclear deal with world powers that would relieve it of sanctions crippling. Israel opposes the deal and fears that Iran will divert newly released funds to proxies like Hezbollah.
Hezbollah has made no secret that it will target Israel’s gas platforms if fighting breaks out. Israel and Hezbollah fought a month-long war in 2006. During the fighting, Hezbollah fired a missile that struck an Israeli warship, killing four Israeli soldiers.
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