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Israel upgrades Iron Dome system

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel upgraded the operational capability of its Iron Dome anti-missile system.

The Ministry of Defense announced Sunday that its Defense Research and Development Division successfully completed trials testing the upgraded operational capability of Iron Dome. The ministry in a statement said the most recent trial "marks a significant upgrade in the operational capabilities" of the system.

An Iron Dome battery — Israel’s fifth in operation — is set to be transferred to the Israel Air Force, the ministry spokesman said.

"The series of trials are designed to expand and improve the operational capabilities as we face an unprecedented array of threats," the ministry statement said.

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