Philippine Sea

Friday, November 18, 2005

Navy tries sea-based missile defense- it works


Here's an important defense note:
The Navy intercepted and destroyed a warhead as it separated from its booster rocket during a test Thursday off Hawaii -- the first time a ship at sea has shot down a multi-stage missile.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie fired an interceptor missile and knocked out the rocket's warhead about 100 miles (160 kilometers) above the Pacific, the Missile Defense Agency said in a statement.
More info on the SM-3 system here.

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