VIDEO - In recent days, a number of successful trials were conducted for the Iron Dome missile defense system, Defense Ministry officials reported Thursday. Pursuant to the trials, the timeline for deploying it has been advanced.
The officials emphasized that this was a serious trial, since they tested for the type of rockets that terror groups have been launching at Israeli civilians in the Gaza vicinity and western Negev.
Iron Dome missile defense system test
They added that the trial had confirmed theoretical research and simulations and, as such, was an important milestone in improving the nation's operational capabilities.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak was alerted to the results of the trial and said that the development of a multi-layered missile defense system was a national objective.
"The defense establishment is committed to doing everything it can to provide all of Israel's citizens with protection against rocket and missile threat, said the ministry's director-general, Pinhas Buchris.
The Iron Dome project was developed by the Rafael Armament Development Authority, in conjunction with two other companies.
The project's pace was recently critiqued by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, in a 2008 report, who noted that "the Defense Ministry is responsible to find an overarching solution involving both offense and defense, including the development and deployment of a defense system."
Ron Ben-Yishai contributed to this report