BARKING SANDS, Kauai (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was another direct hit for the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai. A dummy missile was launched from the Pacific Ocean west of the Hawaiian Islands at 9:32 PM Monday.
Five minutes later, a THAAD, or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile launched from Barking Sands and blew it out of the sky. The soldiers firing the interceptor didn't know ahead of time when the target missile was going to be launched.
"Preliminary indications are that planned flight test objectives were achieved," the US Missile Defense Agency said in a statement.
The military also employs the Patriot missile to intercept missiles just before they strike. The advantage of the THAAD system is that it intercepts targets at higher altitudes, allowing it to defend larger area than the Patriot. Even so, it can only shoot down short and medium-range missiles. Intercontinental ballistic missiles are out of its range.
The missile has the capability to shoot targets both inside and outside the earth's atmosphere. This was the seventh successful test in a row for the THAAD. The test occurred at the lowest altitude to date.