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Israel successfully launches rocket from Palmachim
November 2, 2011 12:17
Smoke trail is seen by residents of the Center; Defense Ministry: Test was long-planned; Israel Radio says launch was a ballistic missile.
Smoke trail from a rocket launch [illustrative]

Rocket launch smoke trail 311 (R). (photo credit:Ho New / Reuters)

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.

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Reuters contributed to this report

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