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Israel Seen Testing Engine of Ballistic Missile

Israel on Friday conducted a rocket engine test that was reported by local news organizations to likely be for one of its Jericho ballistic missiles, Agence France-Presse reported.

"This morning, Israel conducted a launching test from the Palmachim base of a rocket propulsion system," the Israeli Defense Ministry announced in a released statement.


The intermediate-range Jericho missile can hit targets as far away as 3,100 miles, which brings Iran well within striking distance. 

The ground-to-ground missile is thought to have the ability to be fitted with a biological, chemical or nuclear warhead, according to the AFP report. The last test of the missile's motor is believed to have taken place in November 2011.

This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

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