Israel Successfully Tests Improved Patriot Missile

(December 20, 2007)


The Israel Defense Forces successfully tested an improved version of the Patriot missile. The Patriot missile system was used by Israel and the United States in the Gulf War to counter Iraqi aircraft and Scud missiles. The tested missile, updated with new software to better intercept ballistic rockets fired from sources hidden in civilian populations. The Patriot missile, long considered the best anti-aircraft device in production, will be more capable of intercepting a range of weapons fired from the ground. These updates are expected to be made on the IDF's entire arsenal of Patriot missiles.


Source: Israel Defense Forces