VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The U.S. military has intercepted a target over the Pacific Ocean in a test of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System.
A long-range interceptor blasted off Sunday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast, minutes after an intermediate-range ballistic missile was launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
Sailors aboard the USS Hopper destroyer detected and tracked the missile, and the interceptor struck the target warhead. The Missile Defense Agency says it appears all components of the test performed as designed.
Program officials will spend the next several months assessing the data obtained during the test.
It was the 65th successful intercept since 2001 for the Ballistic Missile Defense System.