published Thursday, October 25th, 2012

U.S. hits 4 targets in Pacific missile defense test

HONOLULU — The U.S. military says it intercepted four out of five targets during a missile defense test in the Pacific this week.

The Missile Defense Agency says the five targets during Wednesday’s test at Kwajalein Atoll included one medium-range ballistic missile, two short-range ballistic missiles and two low-flying cruise missiles.

Agency spokeswoman Pamela Rogers says it was the largest and most complex test of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system.

Soldiers at Kwajalein intercepted three of the missiles using two systems: the Patriot system and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.

Sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald engaged one cruise missile. They attempted to shoot down a short-range missile but were unable to confirm interception.

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