US conducts successful missile defence tests

The US military says it has conducted a successful test of its ballistic missile defence system.

A target in the form of an intermediate-range ballistic missile was air-launched on Monday night by an Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii.

The US Missile Defence Agency says a Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) weapon system at Kodiak, Alaska, detected, tracked and intercepted the target.

The test was the 14th successful intercept in 14 attempts for the THAAD weapon system.

The system can be rapidly deployed and is designed to intercept ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their final phase of flight.

The system uses hit-to-kill technology to destroy missiles at high altitudes to mitigate effects of enemy weapons.

File photo via Wikipeida.

AP


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