Pentagon, United States (4E) – The United States Defense Department on Wednesday successfully intercepted a short-range ballistic missile target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii during a realistic test where target’s launch time and bearing were unknown.
The target was launched at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday (0030 GMT Thursday), the Pentagon said.
Shortly after the target launch, the USS Lake Erie, successfully detected and tracked what is considered as one of the most difficult and complex missile to date with the help of its onboard radar.
Later, it launched two missiles to engage the target, said the Pentagon. “This test exercised the latest version of the second-generation Aegis BMD Weapon System, capable of engaging longer range and more sophisticated ballistic missiles,” it said.