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An interceptor missile fired from a U.S. Navy warship off Hawaii has shot down a medium-range missile warhead above the earth's atmosphere in the latest test of the U.S. missile defense program, the military said.
A Japanese destroyer performed surveillance and tracking exercises during Thursday's test, the first time an ally has taken part in a U.S. missile interception.
The sea-based system tested off Hawaii is designed to counter only short or medium range missiles, but the cruisers and destroyers that took part are capable of tracking long-range missiles as well.
The Missile Defense Agency said that the test had been scheduled for some months and had not been prompted by indications that North Korea is planning to test launch a long-range missile.
The USS Shiloh detected the medium-range missile after it was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai, then fired a Standard Missile-3 interceptor.