U.S. con­ducts missile de­fence test off the coast of Hawaii

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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.

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