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US, Israel successfully test missile defense system in Alaska, officials say



The United States and Israel successfully carried out a "high-altitude hit-to-kill engagement" with a co-developed anti-ballistic missile interceptor system in Alaska.

The Arrow-3 Interceptor missile achieved a "major milestone" in its development during a successful flight test where the system effectively intercepts a missile target outside the atmosphere, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said in a statement

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"This unique success in Alaska provides confidence in future." Israeli capabilities to defeat the developing threats in the region , "MDA Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill said in the statement. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "We are committed to assisting the Government of Israel in upgrading its national missile defense capability to defend the State of Israel from emerging threats."

Arrow 3, along with the Iron Dome, David's Sling, and the Arrow 2 systems, is part of the multi-layered Israeli shield Gaza and Lebanon, as well as Iran's long-range missiles.

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The announcement of the Arrow-3's success comes just days after a US official told Fox News that Iran successfully test-fired its Shahab-3, a medium-range ballistic missile, which flew more than 600 miles.

The missile tests come amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the West.

military said last week that Iranian drones in the Strait of Hormuz, claims Tehran has denied. Iranian forces shot down a Iranian airspace.

Meanwhile, Iran has held a British-flagged oil tanker and its 23 crew members captive since July 1

9 when the ship was seized by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian officials have said that the role of Iranian supertanker off the coast of Gibraltar earlier this month.

The British Ministry of Defense on Sunday announced the arrival of another British warship in the Persian Gulf to escort merchant vessels. Her Majesty's Forces said 35 British tankers have been escorted in recent days.

Fox News' Bradley Betz and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.


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