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Tests fail for defense system

July 24, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense system meant to shield Israel from any attack from Iran hit a snag when a series of tests were aborted because of malfunctions, officials said.

The Arrow, a joint project between state-run Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. and Chicago-based Boeing Co., is part of a multilayer missile-defense system Israel plans to protect it from attack, ranging from short-range rocket fire from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip to longer-range missiles from Iran.

Israeli officials and analysts said the glitches were expected in such a complicated project and would not affect long-term development.

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