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The target was successfully intercepted by SM-6 missiles fired from the USS John Paul Jones.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones launched an SM-6 interceptor to bring down a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii, according to the Missile Defense Agency.

Although the test comes in the backdrop of Pyongyang's provocative ballistic missile test over Japan, the MDA claims it was planned way before in advance.


North Korea's most recent missile test on Tuesday prompted the Japanese government to tell residents to take cover. The military has conducted three tests in total, but during a test in June, the interceptor failed as a result of human error.

A day after the latest North Korean missile launch, the USA military test-intercepted a ballistic missile off the Hawaii coast.

"We are working closely with the fleet to develop this important new capability, and this was a key milestone", the agency's director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said in a statement. The test was considered a direct challenge to President Trump, who has threatened the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, that America would respond with "fire and fury" to provocations. Washington and its allies called an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting for later Tuesday, but looked short on new ideas for stopping the nuclear and missile advances that are increasingly putting the US mainland within range.


The test, called Flight Test Standard Missile- 27 Event 2 (FTM-27 E2), demonstrated the integrated capabilities of the Aegis Weapon System and how it has continually evolved to counter advanced threats. It's the only missile that supports anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare and sea-based terminal ballistic missile defense in one solutionand it's enabling the US and its allies to cost-effectively increase the offensive might of surface forces.

The ground-based interceptor system was designed mainly to counter a North Korean missile threat, a US official said at the time.



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