This was not just a missile test to make sure it worked.
This test was more of a message to North Korea. The United States is saying that if North Korea launches a missile at the US, one of our territories, or an ally, it will be shot down.
It’s ultimately all about the information. A strategic message sent and received.
Updated 8:22 AM ET, Wed August 30, 2017
Washington (CNN)The United States conducted a successful missile defense test that intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii early Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the US Missile Defense Agency.
A US official, however, told CNN the test had been planned for a long time and before North Korea’s latest provocation.
The agency’s director said the test was “a key milestone.”
“We are working closely with the fleet to develop this important new capability, and this was a key milestone in giving our Aegis BMD ships an enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their terminal phase,” MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said in the statement. “We will continue developing ballistic missile defense technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves.”
In another statement, Raytheon’s SM-6 senior program director, Mike Campisi, said that the US government requested this technology earlier this year. It normally takes one to two years to create, but Raytheon said in the statement that it took them seven months.
“Earlier this year, our customer requested an enhanced capability to deal with a sophisticated medium-range ballistic missile threat,” he said in a statement “We did all this — the analysis, coding and testing — in seven months; a process that normally takes one to two years.”