IDF successfully tests SMS missile system

June 7, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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TEL AVIV, Italy, June 7 (UPI) -- The Israeli military said it successfully tested its emergency surface missile system network, which will provide information about incoming missiles.

While Israeli mobile telecommunication carriers Pelephone Communications Ltd. and Cellcom Israel Ltd. participated in the trial, a dispute with the Israel military Home Front Command led Partner Communications Ltd. to decline participating in the demonstration, Rishon LeZion Globes Online reported Tuesday.

According to the Israeli military, the test simulated an incoming missile to alert people in the projected target area, with 250 soldiers in Ofakim participating in the test run.

The test trial didn't pass without incident. A Hebrew language Web site reported that Partner Communications Ltd. asked the Israeli Ministry of Defense to halt the test because one of the company's networked mobile phones, the Samsung C5130, repeatedly crashed during the alert system activation, leaving owners of the Samsung C5130 unable to receive the alert.

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