US successfully shoots down intermediate-range ballistic missile in test off Kauai

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Updated: Dec. 11, 2018 at 5:33 AM HST
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KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency successfully shot down an intermediate-range ballistic missile Tuesday during a test off Hawaii.

The MDA said the Navy launched the interceptor from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai using the Aegis Ashore system.

The intermediate-range ballistic missile was launched by the U.S. Air Force C-17 from the ocean, thousands of miles southwest of the state.

The system is being developed to take down intercontinental range missiles or ICBMs – similar to what North Korea has developed.

“This system is designed to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies, and friends from a real and growing ballistic missile threat,” said MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, in a statement.

Officials will continue to evaluate system performance following Tuesday’s test.

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