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US hits 4 targets in Pacific missile defense test

THAAD interceptor is launched from Meck Island THAAD interceptor is launched from Meck Island
A Patriot missle is launced from Omelek Island A Patriot missle is launced from Omelek Island

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. military says it intercepted four out of 5 targets during a missile defense test in the Pacific this week.

The Missile Defense Agency says the five targets during Wednesday's test at Kwajalein Atoll included one medium-range ballistic missile, two short-range ballistic missiles and two low-flying cruise missiles.

Agency spokeswoman Pamela Rogers says it was the largest and most complex test of the nation's ballistic missile defense system.

Soldiers at Kwajalein intercepted 3 of the missiles using two systems: the Patriot system and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.

Sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald engaged one cruise missile. They attempted to shoot down a short-range missile but were unable to confirm interception.

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