JERUSALEM, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Navy completed "successful tests" of a new anti-ship naval missile system, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
According to the ministry, tests of the Gabriel V, an advanced long-range anti-ship missile system, proved its capacity to intercept a variety of targets. In a trial in August, a Sa'ar 6-class corvette launched a Gabriel V missile at a mock ship and destroyed it.
The system's interception missiles are capable of traveling for hundreds of kilometers in different naval and aerial conditions, according to a statement issued by the military. "The missile enables the prevention and destruction of a wide range of targets and threats," it said.
The military said the Gabriel V, which was developed by the Israeli Aerospace Industries and the Defense Ministry's research and development division, was a "breakthrough in the field of maritime defense."
"The Gabriel V anti-ship missile system will strengthen the Israeli Navy's operational and defensive capabilities in the maritime arena and in a wide array of additional arenas and objectives," Deputy Commander in Chief of the Navy Guy Goldfarb was quoted as saying in the statement.
He said Israel would use the missiles to defend its "strategic assets," referring to the country's natural gas fields in the Mediterranean.