U.S. conducts missile test over Pacific
- Author: Tracy Klein Aug 31, 2017,
Aug 31, 2017, 1:22
The United States conducted a successful missile defense test that intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii early Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the US Missile Defense Agency.
"The number of countries with access to ballistic missile technology, including some with the potential to reach North America or target Canadian and allied deployed forces, has increased and is expected to grow and become more sophisticated", the policy says.
The sense of urgency can partially be traced back due to rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea's is rapidly advancing its burgeoning ballistic missile program.
After North Korea launched a missile over Japan, the Hermit Kingdom threatened more launches into the Pacific.
Guided-missile destroyers such as the John Paul Jones could be used to intercept a North Korean missile from locations in the Sea of Japan and elsewhere in the Pacific.
This test marks the second time that a SM-6 missile has successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target, officials said.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says North Korea's latest provocative missile test is a reckless violation of Japan's sovereignty. 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 USA 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. The military has conducted three tests in total, but during a test in June, the interceptor failed as a result of human error. President Donald Trump said "all options are on the table" in response to the test. A Standard Missile-3 Block IIA jointly developed by the US and Japan failed to intercept its target.