The Israeli Navy and the Defense Ministry's Weapons Development and Technology Infrastructure Administration, known as MAFAT, carried out a successful test of a sea-to-sea missile system that was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries. The Navy and MAFAT held a series of preplanned tests in order to check the operational fitness of the new system. It should be mentioned that missiles tested in Israel that are intended for export like the Gabriel (the missile's commercial name) are carried out for foreign customers. In July, IAI established a partnership for missile development in Singapore and also sold sea-to-sea missiles to Finland.
Thus, the test was apparently intended to prove to one of those countries that the capabilities of the version are suitable. The sale of this kind of system to a foreign country streams money to IAI and enables future developments of the same kind of missile that is in the possession of the Navy. Those are the financial mechanics. The new missile system has more precise attack capabilities, is capable of longer ranges, has improved attack flexibility and is more capable of dealing with advanced threats.
The tests qualified the system for operational use by the Navy, with the missiles to be installed on the existing "Sa'ar 5" missile ships and the new "Sa'ar 6" missile ships that are to join the fleet in the coming months. During the successful test, a missile was launched at a simulated enemy vessel.