This exercise seemed to be in response to Iran’s recent tests of ballistic missile systems, which have not gone over well with either President Donald Trump or his administration.
“At approximately 10:30 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time, Feb. 3 — 3:30 a.m. EDT, Feb. 4 — a medium-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii,” according to defense.gov.
“The crew of the John Paul Jones detected and tracked the target missile with its onboard radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C2 weapon system,” the report continued. “Upon acquiring and tracking the target, the ship launched an SM-3 Block IIA guided missile, which intercepted the target.”
The successful test was a massive step in the right direction in terms of dealing with the threat that is an increasingly-aggressive Iran, and Missile Defense Agency director Vice Admiral Jim Syring is elated.
“Today’s test demonstrates a critical milestone in the cooperative development of the SM-3 Block IIA missile,” he said in a statement. “The missile, developed jointly by a Japanese and U.S. government and industry team, is vitally important to both our nations and will ultimately improve our ability to defend against increasing ballistic missile threats around the world.”
You can watch footage released by the Department of Defense here:
Although he didn’t name Iran by name, I think he made his point clear.
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