US says it succeeds in 'most challenging' missile test

April 15, 2011 14:14

WASHINGTON - The US military said on Friday it had successfully completed its "most challenging" missile intercept test yet, using Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Co. systems to shoot down an intermediate-range ballistic target over the Pacific.

The test showed the capability of the first phase of a revamped approach that US President Barack Obama ordered in 2009 for defending Europe and US forces deployed there, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, or MDA, said in a statement.

It was "the most challenging test to date" marking the first intercept of a shipboard Aegis combat system built by Lockheed against a target with a range greater than 1,864 miles (3,000 km), the statement said.

In addition, it was the first such Aegis test to rely on radar tracking data gathered by another remote radar station, the MDA said.

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