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Missile test off Kauai a success

By Lara Yamada
Published On: May 17 2013 11:27:50 AM HST
Updated On: May 17 2013 03:03:25 PM HST

The Navy has successfully completed a flight test to intercept a missile over the Pacific Ocean.

HONOLULU -

The Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Lake Erie launched a spectacular show of force in a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System off Kauai West Coast this week.

Using cameras galore to document the mission from up-close, mid-range and from the far away naked eye, a blip blasting through the air.

The target -- a separating short-range ballistic missile zipping over the Pacific Ocean.

The USS Lake Erie first tracked the missile by radar, then guided its weapon to strike on the mark.

A final show of heat in infrared.  It was the third consecutive successful intercept of its kind.

There have been 25 out of 31 successful flight tests since testing began in 2002.

Click here to see photos of the missile test from Kekaha.

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