Israel tests rocket propulsion system

Israel on Monday tested a rocket propulsion system, the Israeli Defense Ministry announced.

The Israeli Ministry of Defence announced on Monday that it conducted a test launch of a rocket propulsion system.

“Israel has tested a new rocket propulsion system from a base in the center of the country, the test was arranged in advance by the security services and was carried out as planned,” said the brief statement on the Ministry of Defence website.

The statement did not say whether the launch had been successful, but based on eyewitness accounts the test took place at the Palmachim air base in the center of the country.

The information given was about which system was tested, commentators speculated that the system tested could be used surface-to-surface such as in the case of the Jericho missile, which can be equipped with a nuclear warhead; or as surface-to-air missile like the Arrow, which is primarily designed to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The system’s range is above 10,000 km according to Jerusalem Post.