Multi-mission Raytheon missile hits ballistic missile target

Multi-mission Raytheon missile hits ballistic missile target

Multi-mission Raytheon missile hits ballistic missile target

Lockheed said Wednesday its Aegis platform helped the SM-6 missile detect, track and intercept a ballistic missile target in flight during the Flight Test Standard Missile-27 Event 2.

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 USA ally that sends a clear message of defiance as Washington and Seoul conduct war games nearby.

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

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A United States official, however, told CNN the test had been planned for a long time and before North Korea's latest provocation.

The SM-6 missile can perform anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare and - now - even more advanced ballistic missile defense at sea.

Gen. Sam Greaves said the Hawai'i test gives Navy ships enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their last stage of flight. "We will continue developing ballistic missile defense technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves".

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The U.S. frequently tests elements of its missile defense systems.

The target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauaʻi.

The US regularly tests its missile-defence systems and this was the second time one of its Standard Missile-6 missiles successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile, the agency said. It's the only missile that supports anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare and sea-based terminal ballistic missile defense in one solution-and it's enabling the USA and its allies to cost-effectively increase the offensive might of surface forces.

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