U.S. warship shoots down medium-range ballistic missile in test off Hawaii

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The U.S. military shot down a medium-range ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii, officials said.

The Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai Island launched the target missile late Tuesday. Sailors aboard the destroyer USS John Paul Jones tracked it with radar and fired an interceptor missile to shoot it down.

The test comes amid North Korea’s ballistic missile tests and rising tensions between the U.S and the North. Earlier Tuesday, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan, a close U.S. ally that landed in the Pacific Ocean. President Donald Trump said “all options are on the table” in response to the test.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more weapons launches targeting the Pacific Ocean to advance his country’s ability to contain the U.S. territory of Guam, which is home to key U.S. military bases.

The Hawaii test gives Navy ships enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their last stage of flight, said Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, the director of the Missile Defense Agency.

The destroyer fired a Standard Missile-6, or SM-6, interceptor. It’s the second time that particular type of missile has successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target, the agency said.

Courtesy: The Japan Times