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Military shoots down missile in test off Hawaii

Sep. 19, 2013 - 10:52AM   |  
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HONOLULU — military says it successfully intercepted a short-range missile during a test off Hawaii.

The Defense Department said in a statement Wednesday the test marked the first time two SM-3 Block IB interceptor missiles have been fired simultaneously to shoot down a single target.

The short-range target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai at about 2:30 p.m.

Sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie used radar to detect and track the target, then launched two missiles to shoot it down. The military says the first of the two missiles intercepted the target’s warhead.

The military says Wednesday’s test was the 27th successful intercept in 33 attempts for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program.

The Aegis system the naval component of the nation’s missile defense program.

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