The U.S. successfully shot down an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday in what is seen as a significant advance in defense technology.
Using an upgraded long-range interceptor that was fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California the target was “destroyed in a direct collision” over the Pacific.
So far the Pentagon has spent some $40 billion to develop a missile defense system that would defend the continental U.S. against an attack from North Korea or other potential enemies.
CNN reported that the Pentagon called the test a success.
The intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment … and a critical milestone for this program. This system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat.
— MDA Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring
The successful test comes just a day after North Korea fired a short-range missile that fell into the Sea of Japan.