Israel test-fired a missile over the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday, amid tension in the region over possible U.S.-led strikes on Syria in response to alleged use of chemical weapons.
An Israeli warplane fired a missile that was shot down by an Israeli intercept missile, a Pentagon official told NBC News, adding that the test occurred over open water.
The test came to light after Russia's state news agency Isar-Tass reported that Russia had detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean area.
In a statement, Israel's defense ministry said the launch had "tested the ability of the Arrow anti-missile system."
NBC News' Paul Goldman contributed to this report.