Defense Ministry: Rocket engine test carried out ‘as planned’ from base in central Israel

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

A test of a rocket engine was carried out a short while ago from a military base in central Israel, the Defense Ministry says.

The ministry in a statement says the rocket propulsion system test was planned ahead of time and carried out “as planned.”

Footage posted to social media showed a missile streaking through the sky.

Based on eyewitness accounts, the rocket test took place at the Palmachim Airbase, outside of the city of Rishon Lezion, in central Israel.

The ministry did not say what type of missile was fired in the test.

The Palmachim base is often used for missile tests.

Israel has been developing a host of missile systems, many of them defensive, and some — at least according to foreign reports — offensive.

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