Israel carried out a test launch of a rocket propulsion system from the Palmachim Air Force Base Wednesday morning.

The smoke trail from the launch was seen by many residents of central Israel in the morning sky.

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The Defense Ministry said that the experiment had been planned long in advance and that it had ended successfully. No further details were available.

A Defense Ministry official declined to comment on the type of rocket tested. But Israel Radio's military affairs correspondent said a ballistic missile was launched.

In 2008, a two-stage, long-range ballistic missile was successfully test-fired.

Israel is widely believed to have Jericho missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, civilian "Shavit" rockets used to launch satellites and the Arrow missile interceptor, according to Reuters.

Reuters contributed to this report

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