The Israeli Navy and the Ministry of Defense (IMoD) successfully tested a new sea-to-sea missile system off the Israeli coast earlier this month, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced Friday.
The missile system was reportedly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and was tested by the Navy and the IMoD’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT). The series of tests included firing the missile at a decommissioned ship that simulated an enemy vessel.
The Israeli Navy & @Israel_MOD have been testing the waters…
with our brand new Israeli-made sea-to-sea missile system. Watch exclusive testing footage: pic.twitter.com/aM4j8tjGX6
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) September 25, 2020
The IDF said that the new system, whose name was not announced, was designed to “ensure Israel’s continued naval superiority.”
“The new missile system has more accurate attack capabilities, abilities to reach farther distances, improved attack flexibility and is better able to handle the advanced threats it is facing,” the IDF said.
The system is deemed operational and ready for use in the Navy following the tests. The new missiles will be integrated on Navy’s Sa’ar-5 class corvettes and the new German-made Sa’ar-6 corvettes that will enter service in the coming months.