After North Korea launch, United States successfully tests missile interceptor

Posted August 31, 2017

The U.S. military shot an incoming missile out of the sky in a successful intercept test Wednesday.

The vessel detected and tracked the target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar, the statement read.

The agency will continue to develop ballistic missile technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves in light of ongoing North Korean ballistic missile tests.

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The Standard Missile-6, one of the U.S. Navy's most advanced missile interceptors, intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target at sea in its final seconds of flight, after being fired from the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones.

While Tokyo said the North Korean test was "an unprecedented, serious and grave threat" to the Japanese nation, Pyongyang described it as "a meaningful prelude to containing Guam Island", as well as "decisive countermeasures against joint military exercises", referring to the US base in Micronesia and the joint US-South Korea drills respectively.

Deployed on U.S. Navy ships, SM-6 delivers a proven over-the-horizon offensive and defensive capability by leveraging the time-tested Standard Missile airframe and propulsion system.

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The U.S. has lost a few Aegis destroyers in recent months, hindering missile defense in a volatile region. An earlier test of the same interceptor in February succeeded. A Standard Missile-3 Block IIA jointly developed by the USA and Japan failed to intercept its target.

"North Korea's reckless violation of its neighbours' territorial sovereignty and its direct threat to Japan's citizens have threatened both regional and global peace and security", she said.

A medium-range ballistic missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, during a defense test on August 29, 2017.

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