U.S. conducts missile defence test off the coast of Hawaii
The U.S. military shot down a medium-range ballistic missile target off the coast of Hawaii early on Wednesday, in a successful test of a missile interception system Japan is seeking to bolster its defence. The test was performed by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy from the USS John Paul Jones, a guided-missile destroyer.
Using Standard Missile-6 guided missiles, the test intercepted a mediumrange ballistic missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii by using the USS John Paul Jones’s onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. This is the second time that an SM-6 has intercepted a mediumrange missile target.