U.S. declares success in missile defense test
www.chinaview.cn 2009-08-01 06:01:34   Print

    WASHINGTON, July 31 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said on Friday that it successfully tested a sea-based missile defense system on Thursday night.

    A target missile was fired from Hawaii about 11:40 p.m. eastern time Thursday (0340 GMT Friday) and was tracked by Navy ships hundreds of kilometers away, the agency said in a statement.

    An Aegis-class U.S. naval ship then fired an interceptor missile, which struck the target about 160 km above the earth.

    The process -- from launch to shoot-down -- took less than five minutes.

    The United States plans to use the sea-based system on Aegis-class ships to protect against incoming short-to-medium-range missiles fired from hostile countries.

    The test was the 19th successful test in 23 attempts of the Aegis sea-based missile defense system since 2002.

    Another part of the missile defense protection -- ground-based midcourse defense -- is designed to strike at long-range missiles.

    Over the past seven years, the U.S. military has spent billions of U.S. dollars on the missile defense program, with each test costing about 85 million dollars.

Editor: Yan
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