KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The United States destroyed a target missile near Hawaii in the first successful test of a new defense tool.
According to officials, the target was launched from a Kauai missile range facility late Wednesday night and involved the U.S.S. Lake Erie.
The Raytheon SM-3 Block IB's kinetic warhead is designed as an anti-missile shield in Europe.
Raytheon says this tool is critical to the ballistic missile defense of the U.S. and its allies because it can defeat the more sophisticated threats emerging around the world.
Russia threatens preemptive strike over the planned U.S. missile shield.
On Thursday, a spokesperson for the Pentagon's missile defense agency told Reuters he could not yet confirm a successful test.