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 Defense Ministry said that the experiment had been planned long
in advance and that it had ended successfully. No further details were
The smoke trail from the launch was seen by many residents of central Israel in the morning sky.
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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