US Destroyer Shoots Down Missile in Test Off Hawai'i

by Garry Watts August 31, 2017, 0:52
US Destroyer Shoots Down Missile in Test Off Hawai'i

Navy guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones then tracked the target with radar, firing an interceptor missile that shot it down.

The test comes after North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before plunging into the northern Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, an aggressive test-flight over the territory of a close US ally that sends a clear message of defiance as Washington and Seoul conduct war games nearby. Earlier this week, an intermediate-range missile, identified by the North Koreans as a Hwasong-12, was sacked over Japan.

North Korea's most recent missile test on Tuesday prompted the Japanese government to tell residents to take cover.

Mike Campisi, Raytheon's SM-6 senior program director, said the company developed the anti-ballistic missile capability in just seven months after it was requested earlier this year.

Japan’s biggest warship the helicopter carrier Izumo
Japan’s biggest warship the helicopter carrier Izumo Stefan Rousseau PA

The test, called Flight Test Standard Missile- 27 Event 2 (FTM-27 E2), demonstrated the integrated capabilities of the Aegis Weapon System and how it has continually evolved to counter advanced threats.

The target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauaʻi. It was the second missile test conducted by the USA military this month.

A day after the latest North Korean missile launch, the United States military test-intercepted a ballistic missile off the Hawaii coast. A missile was launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands and it was picked up by the ground-based system and fired an intercepting missile from the California base and destroyed the target missile.

The ground-based interceptor system was designed mainly to counter a North Korean missile threat, a USA official said at the time.

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