Pen­tagon con­ducts in­ter­cep­tor test

China Daily (Canada) - - WORLD -

The US mil­i­tary on Tues­day suc­cess­fully con­ducted a test of a new bal­lis­tic-mis­sile in­ter­cep­tor sys­tem, which is be­ing code­vel­oped with Ja­pan. The launch marks the sec­ond suc­cess­ful test in less than two months for the SM-3 Block IIA mis­sile and its as­so­ci­ated tech­nolo­gies, which had pre­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­enced fail­ures. Ac­cord­ing to the Mis­sile De­fense Agency, sailors at the Aegis Ashore Mis­sile De­fense Test Com­plex at the Pa­cific Mis­sile Range Fa­cil­ity in Kauai, Hawaii, tracked and in­ter­cepted an in­ter­me­di­ate-range mis­sile with an SM-3. The SM-3 Block IIA mis­sile — made by arms gi­ant Raytheon — is a key piece of NATO’s mis­sile de­fense sys­tem and is due to be de­ployed in Poland in 2020.

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