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Iron Dome upgrade tests called successful

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January 22, 2013 | 10:01 am

Israel's Iron Dome defense system near the Israeli town of Ashdod has intercepted a volley of rockets fired by terrorist groups from the Gaza Strip area, March 11, 2012. (Flash 90)

Israel's Iron Dome defense system near the Israeli town of Ashdod has intercepted a volley of rockets fired by terrorist groups from the Gaza Strip area, March 11, 2012. (Flash 90)

Israel said it successfully completed tests of the Iron Dome missile defense system following a system upgrade.

The announcement of the successful tests came in a statement from its Defense Ministry issued on Jan. 21.

"The series of tests is aimed at broadening and improving the capabilities and performance of the system in the face of an unprecedented array of threats," the statement said. "The test, which was declared a success, will contribute to the improved operational capacity of 'Iron Dome.' "

The decision to upgrade Iron Dome was announced shortly before Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza in which Israel said the system intercepted more that 80 percent of the hundreds of rockets fired at southern Israel.

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