U.S. conducted tests of ship-based missile defense system

If further tests prove successful, it will strengthen U.S. missile defense.

The U.S. Department of Defense said the U.S. warship “intercepted and destroyed” a target simulating an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) during a test conducted Monday northeast of Hawaii.

The destroyer, equipped with the Aegis missile defense system, destroyed a mock-up of a long-range missile in flight using a SM-3 Block IIA missile, the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency reported.

“We’ve demonstrated that a ship with an Aegis BMD system in place equipped with an SM-3 Block IIA missile can hit an ICBM-class target,” said agency director Vice Admiral John Hill.

The Pentagon has previously conducted tests to destroy targets that simulate ICBMs by launching interceptor missiles from underground mines in the United States.

The use of ship-based missiles could strengthen an existing BMD system if more sophisticated future tests proved successful.