Israel has performed a test firing of a new ballistic missile, with the system having been launched from the air force's Palmachim air base on 2 November.

The nation's defence ministry said the pre-planned activity was intended to test a "new missile propulsion system", and bore no relevance to media reports of a possible attack against Iran. The launch left behind a smoke trail that could be seen throughout central Israel.

According to foreign sources, Israel already has operational "Jericho-2" ballistic missiles with a range of more than 1,500km (810nm). Israel is also developing upgraded versions of the Jericho weapon, the sources added.

Source: Flight International