U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS John Finn (DDG-113) intercepted and destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) target in space on Monday, marking the first time the U.S. has shot down an ICBM using a sea-based missile defense system.
In an emailed statement to American Military News, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said the ICBM-representative target was launched from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site and the USS John Finn, an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System-equipped destroyer fired a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile that destroyed the target. Raytheon, which manufactures the SM-3 Block IIA, said the ICM target was “intercepted and destroyed outside Earth’s atmosphere.”
MDA spokesman Mark Wright said the test represents the first time the agency has shot down an ICBM target missile from the sea and the first time the SM-3 Block IIA had been tested against an ICBM.
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