The U.S. carried out a successful missile defense test off the Hawaiian coast on Wednesday morning in the midst of heightened tensions with North Korea, but an official said the test was in the planning for "a long time", CNN reported.
The Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai launched the target missile late Tuesday.
A Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) guided missile is launched from the Navy destroyer USS John Paul Jones during a successful defense test on August 29, 2017, that intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target.
The Hawaii test gives Navy ships enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their last stage of flight, said Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, the director of the Missile Defense Agency.
Sailors on the USS John Paul Jones, a guided-missile destroyer based in Hawaii, conducted the test. Earlier this week, an intermediate-range missile, identified by the North Koreans as a Hwasong-12, was sacked over Japan.
Instead, Trump's terse, written statement reiterating that all US options are being considered pointed to an administration cautiously searching for an effective policy, even as the North's test risked endangering Japanese civilians. 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 USA and its allies to cost-effectively increase the offensive might of surface forces.
A day after the latest North Korean missile launch, the United States military test-intercepted a ballistic missile off the Hawaii coast.
The destroyer fired a Standard Missile-6 or SM-6 interceptor.
The latest in a series of missile tests came as South Korea and the USA conducted war games in the region.
In May, the US, in the first test of its ground-based intercept system at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile launched from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, which is 4,200 miles away. An earlier test of the same interceptor in February succeeded.