Israel has conducted a missile test on Friday morning, launching a rocket from a military base in central Israel. Residents of the area reported seeing a white trail left behind by the rocket.
“The defense establishment conducted a launch test a few minutes ago of a rocket propulsion system from a base in the center of the country,” the ministry said. “The test was scheduled in advance and was carried out as planned.”
The Defense Ministry refused to comment on the nature of the rocket being tested, leading to speculation that it was a ballistic missile.
Israel does not publicly acknowledge having ballistic missiles in its arsenals, though according to foreign reports, the Jewish state possesses a nuclear-capable variety known as the Jericho that has a multi-stage engine, a 5,000-kilometer range and is capable of carrying a 1,000-kilogram warhead.
These types of tests are conducted as part of the development of several different types of projectiles, from offensive ballistic missiles to defensive interceptors and satellite launchers. Though in cases of interceptors and satellite launchers, the Defense Ministry generally reveals additional details about the nature of the test.
Israeli Jericho ICBM is based off US minutemen ICBM. The Israeli version is slightly modified. The US says no nations should pursue missile development or nuclear weaponry in the Middle East but it gives such technology to Israel because of heavy Jewish influence in Washington and other major cities of America.