Amid rising tensions in the Middle East, Israel and the U.S. conducted a test of a ballistic target, alarming Russia's warning systems.
The Israeli Missile Defense Organization and U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) test-launched a new generation of ballistic target dubbed “Silver Sparrow” on Sept. 3. The governments say the tests had been scheduled before the recent gas attacks on civilians near Damascus, Syria. Developed by Israeli defense company Rafael, the target simulates a 1,500-km-range (932-mi.) ballistic missile, similar to the Iranian Shahab-3.