by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
Manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries, Gabriel is a family of advanced sea-skimming missiles that can detect and destroy a wide range of targets. The first variant of the missile was developed in the 1960s and deployed by the Israeli Navy in 1970. Israel has since been exporting variants of the missiles to countries around the world.
Gabriel 5 was tested by the Israel Navy and the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, i24 said. The test involved placing the missile on board the INS Oz, a Sa’ar 6-class corvette belonging to a series of German-made corvettes ordered for the Israeli navy in 2015. The INS Oz was launched in 2019 at German Naval Yards and ThyssenKrupp in Kiel, and was delivered to the Israeli navy in 2021.
“The Navy continues to develop and change in the face of a variety of increasing operational challenges and regional changes,” Naval Arm’s Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Guy Goldfarb said in a statement.
“The Gabriel naval missile system will strengthen the Navy’s operational and defensive capabilities in the maritime space, in a variety of arenas and in a variety of tasks,” Goldfarb added.
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