US mil­i­tary tests bal­lis­tic mis­sile, plane in­ter­cep­tor

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The U.S. mil­i­tary said Mon­day it suc­cess­fully tested an in­ter­cep­tor that can shoot down bal­lis­tic mis­siles as well as air­planes.

The USS John Paul Jones tested the tech­nol­ogy dur­ing a se­ries of flight tests off Hawaii over the past week, the Mis­sile De­fense Agency said in a state­ment.

The tests used a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the SM-6 mis­sile the Navy al­ready uses, said Heather Uberu­aga, a spokes­woman for mil­i­tary con­trac­tor Raytheon Mis­sile Sys­tems.

The ex­ist­ing ver­sion can shoot down air­planes, he­li­copters and cruise mis­siles. The newer model tested off Hawaii may also de­stroy bal­lis­tic mis­siles in their last few sec­onds of flight.

Raytheon says the up­dated mis­sile is on course to be op­er­a­tional next year, of­fer­ing the Navy the flex­i­bil­ity to meet a wide va­ri­ety of mis­sions.

It would join the Navy’s ar­se­nal of mis­sile-de­stroy­ing in­ter­cep­tors. The Navy al­ready has an in­ter­cep­tor, called SM-3, that ships can use to shoot down bal­lis­tic mis­siles mid­way through their flight.

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