USA conducts missile test over Pacific

Posted August 31, 2017

This Tuesday night photo provided by the Department of Defense shows a medium-range ballistic missile target as it launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.

The U.S. military shot down a medium-range ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii, officials said.

The missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii.

"We will continue developing ballistic missile defense technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves, "Greaves added". A sailor on the USS John Paul Jones triggered a self-destruct sequence by mistake.

Wednesday's test marked the second time an SM-6 interceptor has been used to intercept an MRBM.

Tensions between the USA and North Korea have been rising in recent months over Pyongyang's development of its nuclear programme. In addition, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed any diplomatic negotiations with North Korea, saying "talking is not the answer".

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Former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie told the FOX Business Network's Dagen McDowell on Mornings with Maria that time is of the essence in dealing with the North Korea threat.

After North Korea launched a missile over Japan, the Hermit Kingdom threatened more launches into the Pacific. That was the 15th intercept in 15 tests for the THAAD system, according to the MDA.

Deployed on U.S. Navy ships, SM-6 delivers a proven over-the-horizon offensive and defensive capability by leveraging the time-tested Standard Missile airframe and propulsion system.

Last week, the House of Commons defence committee held a rare summer sitting to discuss the North Korea situation and to discuss whether Canada should consider joining the US ballistic missile defence shield for North America.

Separately, the MDA this week awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a $615 million contract, with $45 million in fiscal 2017 funding obligated initially, to produce 17 Standard Missile-3 Block IIA ballistic-missile interceptors and perform related work.