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Missile launch test conducted on Kauai

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BARKING SANDS, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A missile launch test was successfully conducted on Kauai late Tuesday, the Missile Defense Agency said.

At around 9 p.m., the MDA, the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS John Paul Jones conducted the flight test involving the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile target from the Pacific Missile Range Facility.

The MDA said the John Paul Jones, located west of Hawaii, detected and tracked the target missile with a radar. It was a non-intercept test, and the ship did not launch any rounds.

The flight test successfully demonstrated the ability of the ship to detect and track a medium-range ballistic missile target within the Earth’s atmosphere.

This test comes as China unveils a new missile capable of reaching Guam. The weapon is being called the “Guam Killer.”

In April, North Korea also conducted two missile tests, which both failed.

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