US Missiles Destroy Airborne Target in Successful Defense Test (Video, Photos)

Jerome Frank
August 31, 2017

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

The missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii.

The Standard Missile-6, built by major USA defense contractor Raytheon, intercepted the missile target at sea in its final seconds of flight after being fired from the USS John Paul Jones.

"Earlier this year, our customer requested an enhanced capability to deal with a sophisticated medium-range ballistic missile threat", said Mike Campisi, Raytheon's SM-6 senior program director.

Sailors on the USS John Paul Jones, a guided-missile destroyer based in Hawaii, conducted the test.

Former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie told the FOX Business Network's Dagen McDowell on Mornings with Maria that time is of the essence in dealing with the North Korea threat.

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SM-6 interceptors fired from the destroyer USS John Paul Jones brought down a medium-range ballistic missile target, the MDA said in a statement.

Early on Tuesday, North Korea carried out a test which saw a ballistic missile fly over the Japanese island of Hokkaido and land in the Pacific Ocean after flying more than 2,700 kilometers (1700 miles). The military has conducted three tests in total, but during a test in June, the interceptor failed as a result of human error.

Due to the diplomatic efforts and sanctions failing to make headway in stopping the North Korea threat, Higbie is concerned the US may be forced to consider the military options.

Hawaii missile test on Monday: The latest USA test came days after North Korea fired a Hwasong-12 missile over Japan, an ally of the United States.

In July, the Air Force launched a medium-range ballistic missile over the Pacific that was intercepted by a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system at a complex in Kodiak, Alaska.

The August 30 test launch was the third time that the Standard Missile-6 successfully engaged a ballistic missile target in its terminal phase.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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