(FOX NEWS) Israel has acknowledged conducting a joint missile test with the United States in the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday, responding to reports that Russian radar had detected a missile launch in the direction of the eastern Mediterranean.

The Israeli Defence Ministry confirmed to Reuters that the test was conducted at approximately 9:15 a.m. local time (2:15 a.m. ET) Tuesday, about the same time that Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that the launch was detected by a radar station at Armavir, near the Black Sea.

Russia’s state-owned news agency RIA originally reported Tuesday that radar detected two ballistic ‘objects’ that were fired from the central Mediterranean Sea. Originally, a spokeswoman for the Israeli military told Reuters that Israel was “not aware of such an event having occurred.” However, approximately an hour later, Israel acknowledged testing a so-called “anchor” target missile used in a U.S.-funded anti-missile system.

 

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