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US downs test missile with new INTERCEPTOR missile sm3 1B

 
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US downs test missile with new INTERCEPTOR missile sm3 1B
WASHINGTON- U.S. forces said they had destroyed a target in the first successful test of the Navy's newest anti-missile interceptor, designed to protect allies from attacks by countries like North Korea and Iran.

A target ballistic missile was downed near Hawaii late on Wednesday by the latest Raytheon Co-built Standard Missile-3 interceptor, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said.

The advanced interceptor is key to the next phase of an anti-missile shield being built by the United States in and around Europe.

The United States plans to deploy increasingly capable SM-3 versions up to around 2020 to boost defenses against missiles that could be fired by Iran and North Korea.

"Initial indications are that all components performed as designed," the agency said in an emailed statement.

The SM-3 IB interceptor is due to be deployed on land in Romania by 2015 in the second stage of President Barack Obama's "phased adaptive" approach to missile defense. It will also be used on ships equipped with Lockheed Martin Corp's "Aegis" anti-missile combat system.

The Aegis system, named after the mythological shield that defended Zeus, ties together sensors, computers, displays, weapons launchers and weapons.

A total of 27 specially equipped Aegis warships are set up for ballistic missile defense - 23 in the U.S. Navy and four in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, according to Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's No. 1 contractor by sales.

In the drill on Wednesday, a short-range ballistic target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, located on Kauai, Hawaii, MDA said.



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