US drops ICBM in spaceflight for first time in successful test

US drops ICBM in spaceflight for first time in successful test

An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBMwas shot into space by a warship for the first time during a successful demonstration on Tuesday, according to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

The ICBM missile launched from a series of tests in the Marshall Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean, between Hawaii and the Philippines at around 12:50 p.m. announced.

It was destroyed by an advanced SM-3 Block IIA ballistic missile inhibitor manufactured by Raytheon Missiles & Defense and partnered with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a statement said.

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An international intercontinental ballistic missile Minuteman III was launched in a test at 12:21 p.m. Pacific time, August 4, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
(US Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie)

“This was an incredible achievement and a critical milestone for the Aegis BMD SM-3 Block IIA program,” said MDA Director Rear Admiral Jon Hill. We have shown that an Aegis BMD-equipped ship equipped with an SM-3 Block IIA missile can defeat an ICBM class target, which is a step in the process of determining its feasibility as part of a multi-layered homeland defense architecture. “

Bryan Rosselli, vice president of missile defense strategy at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, said the test was “the first of its kind” and shows that the United States “has a viable option for a new layer of defense against long-range threats.”

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Previous tests to bring down ICBM were performed using ground-based interceptors launched from bases in Alaska and California.

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“Congratulations to the entire test team, including our military and industrial partners, who helped us achieve this milestone,” Hill added.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report

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