U.S. military conducts sea-based missile defense test

Iran Materials 23 June 2006 11:03 (UTC +04:00)

(Xinhua) - The U.S. military conducted a successful sea-based missile defense test on Thursday, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency announced.

A U.S. Navy warship launched a Standard Missile-3 interceptor after it detected a medium-range missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, reports Trend.

The interceptor shot down the target warhead more than 100 miles (160 km) over the Pacific and 250 miles (about 400 km) northwest of Kauai, the agency said in a statement.

A Japanese destroyer took part in the exercise for the first time in a U.S. missile defense test, the military said.