Claim in The Telegraph on Nov 5:

Israel this week used its Arrow missile-defence system to shoot down a ballistic missile outside of Earth’s atmosphere, in what is believed to be the first combat ever to take place in space. [...]

The ballistic missile, which was fired on Monday, is said to have been a Qader missile – an improved version of the Iranian-designed Shahab 3.

Nothing more precise is said about the altitude of the intercept/hit, so what makes this "the first combat ever to take place in space"?

The Daily Mail claims that intercept took place at 62 miles of altitude:

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How verifiable is this? There are other, US etc. radars in the region that would have probably picked up something like this. So, has altitude of the intercept been confirmed by other nations own tracking system (I don't mean the press thereof)?

(FWTW, the DM claims the incoming missile was a "Barkan 3", but I no idea if that's just another name for "Qader".)

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    @WeatherVane: the graph may or may not be correct as to the [true height of the] apogee of the incoming missile, or the point of the interception along its trajectory. It's the Daily Mail, after all...
    – Fizz
    Nov 14 at 18:04
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    ...the distance between Yemen and Israel is ~ 2000 km and the operational range of the Arrow is up to 150 km. So the diagram itself does seem fanciful. But perhaps the trajectory is nothing like that, but gains elevation all the way to its target, before making a steep descent. However, 2000 km is the limit of the Shahab-3's range. Nov 14 at 18:10
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    @WeatherVane the Arrow 3 has a much greater range than what you are saying: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrow_3
    – DavePhD
    Nov 14 at 18:50
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    I was looking at Wikipedia's Shabab-3 page, which also says the flight altitude is 400 km. I tried looking up the variants mentioned but they seem to be inferior. The Arrow also has 'exo-atmospheric' capability. Nov 14 at 18:51
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    @DavePhD thanks. I linked my reference in the previous comment. Nov 14 at 18:51


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