US shoots down 3 missile targets in Hawaii test

AP News
Posted: Nov 06, 2014 9:07 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. military has shot down three missiles nearly simultaneously during a test off Hawaii.

The Missile Defense Agency said Thursday that a short-range ballistic missile target and two cruise missile targets were fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.

The agency says the Pearl Harbor-based destroyer USS John Paul Jones intercepted the ballistic missile by firing an SM-3 guided missile. The destroyer fired two SM-2 missiles to shoot down the low-flying cruise missiles.

Defense contractor Raytheon Co. says the SM-3 is designed to destroy ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space. The SM-2 missiles help naval ships defend the airspace around them.

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The test marks the 29th successful intercept in 35 attempts for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program since flight testing began in 2002.