November 17, 2005

US reports successful missile-defense test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Lockheed Martin Corp.-built Aegis
missile defense system shot down a dummy warhead Thursday in
Hawaiian waters in the sixth such successful, ship-based,
intercept test in seven tries, the Pentagon's Missile Defense
Agency announced.

The test was the first of its kind involving a "separating"
target, meaning the mock warhead had left its booster rocket,
the Missile Defense Agency said.