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