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US Shoots Down Medium-Range Ballistic Missile In Hawaii Test

US Shoots Down Medium-Range Ballistic Missile In Hawaii Test”

Monday's test missile was launched from Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai in Hawaii.

During the test, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones detected and tracked a target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, with its onboard radar, and fired an undisclosed number of missiles using the ship-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system.

The missile defense agency director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said the test was a "key milestone" in enhancing the country's ballistic defense technologies, CNN noted. Earlier Tuesday, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan, a close USA ally, that landed in the Pacific Ocean. A sailor on the USS John Paul Jones triggered a self-destruct sequence by mistake.

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.

Instead, Trump's terse, written statement reiterating that all US options are being considered pointed to an administration cautiously searching for an effective policy, even as the North's test risked endangering Japanese civilians. It was the second missile test conducted by the US military this month.

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A day after the latest North Korean missile launch, the U.S. military test-intercepted a ballistic missile off the Hawaii coast. An earlier test of the same interceptor in February succeeded.

The principal objective of the launch was test to a new targeting software created to enable the SM-6 to intercept a ballistic missile warhead descending from the upper atmosphere at extreme speed.

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

The test comes amid North Korea's ballistic missile tests and rising tensions between the U.S and the North.



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