According to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), a US warship intercepted and destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) target in a test conducted in northeastern Hawaii.
Tests conducted on November 16 included a destroyer with Aegis ballistic missile defense equipment not identified by the MDA.
“Aegis BMD-equipped vessels with SM-3 Block IIA missiles have demonstrated their ability to defeat ICBM-class targets,” said John Hill, Deputy Admiral and MDA Director.
The Standard Missile 3 Block IIA (SM-3 IIA) was developed by a joint venture between Raytheon and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. of Japan.
Raytheon said in another statement that the ICBM was destroyed outside the Earth’s atmosphere.
According to Hill, the test could enhance a ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, a network of radar, ballistic missiles, and other equipment designed to protect the United States from ICBMs. That is.
“The ministry is investigating the possibility of enhancing the GMD system by deploying additional sensors and weapons systems to hedge against the unexpected development of missile threats,” he said.
U.S. warship successfully destroys ICBM target in test off Hawaii
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