Israel Seen Testing Engine of Ballistic Missile

National Journal

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.

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