Pentagon successfully tests missile interceptor over Pacific waters


The Pentagon has successfully tested a missile interceptor, the first of its kind, over the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

“The systems worked exactly as they were designed to work,” said Samuel Graves, director of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency. “The result of the experiment shows that we have a deterrent capability that is reliable against any real threat.”

He said the hostile missiles were fired from a missile test center in the Marshall Islands, 6,500 kilometers from the US west coast, while the interceptor system was installed at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

This is the first experiment in which more than one missile interceptor is used in this defense system, simultaneously hitting one target.