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ISRAEL, U.S. SUCCESSFULLY TEST ANTI-MISSILE LASER SYSTEM

ISRAEL LINE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1996

  The Pentagon announced that the first trial of a jointly developed
Israeli-American anti-missile laser beam system was successful, YEDIOT
AHARONOT reported.
  In the test, the laser beam system succeeded in intercepting an unarmed
Katuysha rocket at short-range. The trial took place Tuesday at White Sands
military base in New Mexico and was carried out by the Strategic Space
Command of the American Ground Corps.
  Project Director Gerald Wilson said at the conclusion of the test, "At
this stage, we believe that we now possess all of the necessary information
to move on to the next stage in Project Nautilus."
  Israel reportedly played a central role in the development of the system,
and the successful trial will result in an increased budget for the project.
  Israel Radio, KOL YISRAEL, reported that the successful trial was an
important technological achievement, but quoted Defense Ministry sources as
saying the project still has a long way to go.
  YEDIOT AHARONOT reported that Israel is also cooperating with the U.S. in
developing an anti-ballistic missile system based on unmanned planes
equipped with sensors capable of identifying missile launches.  For this
project, Israel is developing both unmanned planes capable of remaining
airborne for extended time periods as well as interception missiles.
  Israel Aircraft Industries has demonstrated that such planes can stay
airborne for approximately 50 hours.



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