The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency says it has successfully completed a missile defense flight test -- intercepting a medium-range ballistic missile target from a warship off the coast of Hawaii.
The agency said the John Paul Jones detected and tracked a target missile launched from Kauai with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The destroyer fired SM-6 missiles to intercept the test missile.
"We are working closely with the fleet to develop this important new capability, and this was a key milestone in giving our ... ships an enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their terminal phase," Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, who heads the missile defense agency, said in a statement. "We will continue developing ballistic missile defense technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves."
The test marks the second time an SM-6 missile has successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target, the agency said