The US Department of Defense said a US warship “intercepted and destroyed” an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) target in tests conducted Monday northeast of Hawaii.
The destroyer equipped with the Aegis missile defense system destroyed in flight a mock long-range missile using an SM-3 Block IIA missile, the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency reported.
“We have demonstrated that an Aegis missile defense vessel equipped with an SM-3 Block IIA missile can hit an ICBM-class target,” said agency director Vice Admiral John Hill.
Previously, the Pentagon conducted tests to destroy targets that mimic ICBMs by launching interceptor missiles from underground mines in the United States.
The use of ship-based missiles could bolster the existing missile defense system if more complex future tests prove successful.