Secret Israeli missile test captured by local television channel

Published November 6th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Israel Aircraft Industries was engaged in damage control Wednesday after a security lapse allowed a local television channel technician to capture an internal screening of a secret missile test via an ordinary satellite dish.  


According to Haaretz, the technician said that he captured the unencrypted footage via an ordinary household dish with a one-meter diameter - the kind owned by the tens of thousands in Israel and by millions throughout the Middle East.  


After the broadcast, IAI officials tried to portray the slip-up as less serious than it seemed. "This a completely unclassified project," IAI's security officer, Naor Zeidman, was quoted as saying by Haaretz on Thursday. "We do dozens of missile tests. So what? You don't run to the media with every test. We don't even have a customer for this missile."  


However, the presence at the launch of high-level officials seems to indicate that the Israeli "defense" establishment had high hopes for the missile. (

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