MDA, Navy conduct missile defense test in Pacific

PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, Hawaii (AP) - The Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy say they successfully destroyed a medium-range ballistic missile in the Pacific Ocean in a test of a defense system that uses satellites to detect and track threats.

Officials said Wednesday the test was successfully conducted Tuesday night in ocean waters northwest of Kauai.

The defense agencies say a single missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai. A satellite defense system detected and tracked the missile and sent data to a guided missile cruiser nearby. The USS Lake Erie then launched a block missile, which intercepted and destroyed its target.

Officials say the system worked as designed. The defense system has successfully intercepted 24 of 30 missiles since tests began in 2002.

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