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Missile Hits Another Target in Test Off Hawaii

Sailors on the cruiser USS Lake Erie scored another hit Thursday off Hawaii, intercepting a ballistic-missile target over the Pacific Ocean for the second time in about two weeks.

An SM-3 Block 1B interceptor is launched from the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. The Lake Erie-launched missile successfully intercepted a complex short-range ballistic missile target. (U.S. Navy photo) Click to Enlarge

An SM-3 Block 1B interceptor is launched from the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. The Lake Erie-launched missile successfully intercepted a complex short-range ballistic missile target. (U.S. Navy photo) Click to Enlarge

A Standard Missile-3 launched from the cruiser destroyed the target with its kinetic warhead, according to a Friday news release from the Missile Defense Agency. It’s the fifth-straight successful test for the Aegis ballistic-missile defense system; Lake Erie hit the mark in a Sept. 18 test, while the destroyer Decatur was part of a successful Sept. 10 test alongside an Army missile-defense system.

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It’s the 28th successful Aegis BMD test out of 34 tries, according to the MDA release. The system hasn’t missed since a joint Oct. 25, 2012, test that engaged five targets at once — sailors on the destroyer Fitzgerald hit a low-flying cruise missile, but the Aegis system’s interceptor missed its target.