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.