Navy Shoots Down Missile Off Kauai

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A ballistic missile was intercepted by the US military in a test Thursday near Hawaii. The test involves the Aegis Ballistic BMD Weapon System, which is designed to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles in flight.  The test was conducted and cooperatively managed by both, the Navy and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on Thursday.

This was the first sea-based test that was conducted by the military since February, where a US spy satellite was shot down.

A target was fired from a mobile platform, within the confines of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) about 100 miles off the island of Kauai.  The Scud-like missile was within a few hundred miles range and was intercepted by the USS Lake Erie.

The USS Lake Erie fired two interceptor missiles at the target. About 12 miles above the Pacific Ocean, the missile was shot down in its final seconds of flight.

The navy cruiser that is currently based at Pearl Harbor has radar that searches and detects the target as it enters the radar's search sector.