The U.S. successfully shot down a medium-range ballistic missile in a test launch off the coast of Hawaii, the Missile Defense Agency said. The test, although planned in advanced, comes a day after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan.
The USS John Paul Jones detected and tracked the target missile launched from a facility on Kauai, Hawaii with onboard radar and Standard Missile-6 guided missiles.
MDA officials said the successful interception was a ‘key milestone in giving our Aegis BMD ships’ the capability to take down ballistic missiles in their terminal phase. Aegis BMD is the naval component of the Ballistic Missile Defense System.