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Israel conducted flight tests of the Hetz-3 missile defense system

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This complex is designed to destroy missiles in airless space at a distance of 400 to 2,500 km and an altitude of up to 100 km.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that it had successfully flight-tested its Hetz-3 (Strela-3) anti-missile defense system (ABM). The corresponding statement was circulated by the press service of the Defense Department of the Jewish state.

“Today, the Israeli Missile Defense Administration and the Defense Research and Development Administration of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, together with the US Missile Defense Agency and the Israel Defense Forces, conducted successful flight tests of the weapon system „ Hetz (Strela) and Hetz-3 interceptor missiles designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the earth's atmosphere. The tests were carried out at a test site in central Israel,” the statement said.

“The weapons system's radars detected the target and transmitted the data to the control system, which analyzed the information and developed a defense plan. After that, two Hetz-3 interceptor missiles were launched towards the target and successfully completed the task,” the ministry added.

Israeli Defense MinisterBenny Gantz noted on Tuesday that “ highly appreciates the successful results of flight tests" of the "Hetz-3" system. “With every step we take, we provide the State of Israel with the ability to defend against evolving threats. These systems give Israel the freedom of strategic maneuver,” continued the minister, whose statements were circulated by the press service of the defense department.

Israel's multi-layered missile defense system consists of four elements: Iron Dome, David's Sling, -2" and "Hetz-3". The Khets missile defense system intercepts ballistic missiles and long-range missiles, the David Sling launcher intercepts short-to-medium range missiles, and the Iron Dome air defense system intercepts short-range missiles and mortar shells.

Khets complex -2" is designed to intercept ballistic missiles with a range of up to 3,000 km, and "Hetz-3" - to destroy missiles in airless space at a distance of 400 to 2,500 km and an altitude of up to 100 km. The Hetz-2 system was put into service with the Israel Defense Forces in 2000, its first combat use was reported in March 2017. The first Hetz-3 anti-missile system was handed over to the Israeli Air Force in January 2017.

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