U.S. hits test missile with Raytheon interceptor: witness

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Posted: May 10, 2012 2:20 PM
U.S. hits test missile with Raytheon interceptor: witness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States destroyed a target missile near Hawaii in the first successful test of a new Raytheon Co interceptor designed for an anti-missile shield in Europe, a witness told Reuters.

"The U.S. Navy lit up the sky, knocking out the target missile," said Riki Ellison, a prominent missile-defense advocate who observed the test from a missile range facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai late on Wednesday.

Richard Lehner, a spokesman for the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, said he could not yet confirm a successful test.

(Reporting By Jim Wolf; Editing by Andrew Heavens)