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Monday’s successful trial showed that the US military now has another missile defense system capable of defending against North Korean ICBMs.

“The United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and United States Navy sailors aboard a destroyer equipped with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMD) intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile target representative of the threat with a Standard-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile during a flight test demonstration in the vast ocean area northeast of Hawaii on Nov. 16, “said a Department statement. Defense of the United States.

This image, made from a video broadcast by North Korea’s KRT, shows a military parade last month with what appears to be a possible new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. (AP)

The test involved a simulated ICBM missile launched from the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean that traveled thousands of kilometers west into a stretch of water between Hawaii and the coast of the United States.

The destroyer USS John Finn that was deployed to the area then fired an SM3 missile that successfully intercepted the target ICBM. The interceptor missile was aimed at its target by multiple sensor systems.

The ICBM was destroyed outside of Earth’s atmosphere, defense contractor Raytheon said in a separate statement.

It was the first time that a missile launched from a ship had intercepted an intercepted ballistic missile as a target.

Previous tests have been carried out with the largest land-based interceptor missiles based in Alaska and California that are designed to prevent a North Korean ICBM attack on the US.

Last month, North Korea unveiled what appeared to be a large intercontinental ballistic missile launched from mobile devices that could threaten the United States and its allies in the Pacific, including Australia.

The interceptor missile was fired from the USS John Finn in the Pacific Ocean. (We navy) (Supplied)

It is not known if the new missile has been tested, but a larger weapon would allow North Korea to attach multiple warheads, increasing the threat it would pose to any targeted enemy.

US military chiefs said the successful interceptor test showed the Pentagon had an extra layer in its missile defenses.

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“This was an incredible achievement and a critical milestone for the Aegis BMD SM-3 Block IIA program,” said Vice Admiral Jon Hill, Director of the Missile Defense Agency.


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