Japan intercepts ballistic missile in Hawaii test

Japan intercepts ballist

October 28, 2009 10:04

A Japanese navy ship intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile in a test off Hawaii, the US and Japanese militaries said Tuesday. The drill was the third such test for Japan, which began investing in a US-developed ballistic missile defense system after North Korea test-fired a long-range missile over northern Japan in 1998. The US fired the test's target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, and the JS Myoko destroyer detected the target, tracked it, then fired an SM-3 interceptor missile from its deck. The interceptor hit the target in space about 100 miles (160 kilometers) above the Pacific Ocean, the militaries said in a joint news release.

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