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Cruiser crew hits target in BMD test off Hawaii

Oct. 4, 2013 - 02:25PM   |  
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Sailors on the cruiser Lake Erie scored another hit Thursday off Hawaii, intercepting a ballistic-missile target over the Pacific Ocean for the second time in about two weeks.

A Standard Missile-3 launched from the cruiser destroyed the target with its kinetic warhead, according to a Friday news release from the Missile Defense Agency. Itís the fifth-straight successful test for the Aegis ballistic-missile defense system; Lake Erie hit the mark in a Sept. 18 test, while the destroyer Decatur was part of a successful Sept. 10 test alongside an Army missile-defense system.

Itís the 28th successful Aegis BMD test out of 34 tries, according to the MDA release. The system hasnít missed since a joint Oct. 25, 2012, test that engaged five targets at once ó sailors on the destroyer Fitzgerald hit a low-flying cruise missile, but the Aegis systemís interceptor missed its target.

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