If further tests are successful, it will strengthen us missile defenses the
US Department of Defense said a US warship “intercepted and destroyed” a target simulating an Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in tests conducted on Monday northeast of Hawaii.
A destroyer equipped with the Aegis missile defense system destroyed a mock-up of a long-range missile in flight using an SM-3 Block IIA missile, the Pentagon’s missile defense agency said.
“We have demonstrated that a ship with an aegis missile Defense system installed, equipped with an SM-3 Block IIA missile, can hit an ICBM – class target,” said the Agency’s Director, Vice Admiral John Hill.
The Pentagon conducted tests to destroy targets that mimic ICBMs, launching interceptor missiles from underground mines in the United States.
The use of ship-based missiles can strengthen the existing missile Defence system if more complex future tests are successful.