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Germany: Rocket defense system tested in Turkey

23 January 2008, Wednesday /TODAY'S ZAMAN
The German military is testing Lockheed Martin's Skyshield rocket defense system in Turkey, a spokesman for the German Embassy in Turkey said yesterday.
Turkey has been chosen for the tests because of suitable local circumstances, the embassy's Klemens Semtner was quoted as saying by the private ANKA news agency.

The Skyshield 35 Air Defense System uses a high-powered rapid-fire cannon that fires a unique 35-mm AHEAD (Advanced Hit Efficiency And Destruction) shell to destroy incoming targets. It ejects 152 sub-projectiles that are released just ahead of the incoming target, up to a range of nearly 10 kilometers.

The projectiles are designed to create a cloud ahead of the incoming rocket and penetrate it, inflicting enough damage to prevent it from striking its target. The system was developed by the Oerlikon Contraves Corporation of Switzerland. On Jan. 13, the Israeli Jerusalem Post newspaper reported that Israel was closely following the German military's tests to see if the system could also be effective in intercepting Katyusha rockets fired by Hezbullah and against Palestinian Qassam rockets.

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