A new missile-defense system developed by the United States and Japan destroyed a target missile during a test off the coast of Hawaii on Friday, a Missile Defense Agency statement said. The intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile, launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, was a first for the system, which had conducted two previous

flight tests, the statement said. The USS John Paul Jones, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, detected and tracked the target with its onboard radar, then shot it down with the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA, the statement said. Vice Adm. Jim Syring, MDA’s director, called the system vital to the security of the U.S. and Japan.  READ MORE