JERUSALEM, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Israel said on Wednesday it has begun the deployment and testing of a huge inflatable missile detection system in northern Israel.
Israel's Defense Ministry issued photos of the system, which is designed in the shape of a massive zeppelin. The system, comprised of the High Availability Aerostat System and an advanced radar, designed to detect long-range threats when operating at high altitudes.
"It will provide additional detection and early warning capabilities to the existing operational air defense detection array deployed around Israel," the ministry said in a statement.
The radar system was developed under a cooperative program between the Israeli Defense Ministry and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
Moshe Patel, director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization, said in the statement that the "aerostat system will cruise at high altitudes and provide an exceptional, multi-directional detection capability against advanced threats."
According to Vice Admiral Jon Hill, head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the system is "another great example of cooperation" between the Israeli and American defense agencies.
"This system will further enhance Israel's advanced threat detection capabilities to maintain Israel's qualitative military edge," he said in the statement.
The system is part of Israel's multi-layered defense doctrine, which is composed of four operational layers: Iron Dome, the medium-to-long-range David's Sling aerial defense system, and the long-range Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 anti-missile systems. Enditem