US Warship Shoots Down Test Ballistic Missile Off Hawaii

Tyler Durden's picture

One day after the latest North Korean missile launch, which was followed by a warning in the state-owned KCNA that more Pacific launches would follow, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Pacific shot down a medium-range ballistic missile during a test off Hawai on Wednesday.

Destroyer USS John Paul Jones intercepts the target with an SM-6 missile.
(Missile Defense Agency photo)

In the "complex missile defense flight test," the USS John Paul Jones detected and tracked a test ballistic missile that had been launched from Kaui, Hawaii, then fired one of its onboard SM-6 missiles to intercept the target in its terminal phase, the Missile Defense Agency said in a release. It said it marked the second time an SM-6 missile has successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile in a test.

Quoted by USA Today, MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said the test marked a "key milestone."

"We are working closely with the fleet to develop this important capability, and this was a key milestone in giving our Aegis BMD ships an enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their terminal phase," said Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves. "We will continue developing ballistic missile defense technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves."

According to the WashExaminer, in a similar drill last December, John Paul Jones fired two SM-6 missiles against a test medium-range ballistic missile (made by Raytheon). In a release on Wednesday morning, the company said it rushed enhanced software for the missile based on a request from the government. The SM-6, which is part of the Standard Missile family, is the only sea-based missile that can knock down ballistic missiles in their terminal phase, while also handling air and surface threats.

"Earlier this year, our customer requested an enhanced capability to deal with a sophisticated medium-range ballistic missile threat," said Mike Campisi, Raytheon's SM-6 senior program director. "We did all this — the analysis, coding and testing — in seven months; a process that normally takes one to two years."

The Pentagon on Tuesday confirmed that North Korea fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile near Sunan Air Base, which then flew over northern Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean 500 nautical miles east of Japan. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later threatened further action.

"The current ballistic rocket launching drill like a real war is the first step of the military operation of the KPA in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam," Kim said, according to state-run media outlet KCNA.

On Tuesday, the White House responded to the North Korean launch on Tuesday, saying "all options are on the table."

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North Korea on Wednesday released images of its intermediate-range ballistic missile launch over Japan a day before. The official Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday that the Hwasong-12, the first missile the nation has fired over Japan, was “guided” by leader Kim Jong Un and observed by senior officials.

“Involved in the drill were Hwasong artillery units…tasked with striking the bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces located in the Pacific operational theater,” the KCNA reported.

It said the launch of the intermediate-range rocket was “part of the muscle-flexing” in reaction to ongoing military drills by the U.S. and South Korea, “in disregard” for Pyongyang’s “meaningful and crucial warning.” The North sees the military exercises as a preparation for war.

Kim said "more ballistic missile rocket launching drills" are "necessary" to modernize his military's strategic capabilities and that his country will continue to watch “U.S. demeanors” before it decides on future actions. The North Korean leader expressed "great satisfaction" with what he called a “meaningful prelude” to containing the U.S. territory of Guam, which he has threatened to fire four missiles toward.

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Late on Tuesday the U.N. Security Council said it “strongly condemns” the missile test and the North’s launching of three ballistic missiles into the sea on Aug. 25. It demanded that Pyongyang “immediately cease all such actions” in a statement following an emergency meeting Tuesday. However, in a sign of de-escalation, it did not announce new sanctions.

Choo Mi-ae, the head of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party, urged Pyongyang to accept its offer of dialogue and said “such an act that threatens neighboring nations is unpardonable," the South’s Yonhap news agency reported. "If North Korea trusts South Korea's government and holds its hands, the door will open for its survival. Otherwise, it will face more serious isolation,” Choo said. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said his country will “fully and completely” abide by U.N. Security Council sanctions and would work with other council members on how best to react to the North’s latest action. “We will make a necessary response,” Wang said. China, North Korea’s most important ally, accounts for about 90% of the North’s foreign trade.

Early on Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May called on China to put more pressure on North Korea, as she arrived in Japan for a three-day visit Wednesday. “We think that China has a role to play and we’d encourage China to do everything it can to bring pressure on North Korea to stop this,” she said.

Earlier this month, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on 10 companies and six individuals from mostly China and Russia who it says helped North Korea develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. They were the latest in a raft of blacklists issued in recent months to punish Chinese and Russian companies that try to evade international efforts to isolate North Korea.

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NickyGall's picture

While the world focuses on North Korea's ballistic missile program, as shown here, they also have a very capable conventional military:

A war fought over the Korean Pennisula will be a lengthy war of attrition that will be very costly.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Pictures of the actual intercept or it didn't happen.

Sorry, but the MIC is more than happy to demonstrate (rigged) success in order to keep the checks coming.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

I know anti-interventionist ZHers don't want to hear this, but let's get real here. We need some kind of global conflict to truly revive the world economy. Economists have confirmed repeatedly through painstaking examination of the facts, that World War II ended the great depression and created millions of good-paying jobs. It even caused new industries to spring up, like the commercial airline business, bringing humanity into a new golden age of prosperity. Why is it that World War III is so controversial, when World War II gave us every economic advancement over the last 50 years? It's sad that anti-interventionism has become so popular that people cannot see this obvious truth.

Outward Focus vs Inward Focus
A Likely Story's picture

Great fucking idea.  If you'll volunteer yourself, your family, and everybody you know to be the first to die for your ridiculuous and outrageous assertion about economic "revival".

Killtruck's picture

Those warships are extremely dangerous and long as you're not the size of a supertanker heading straight towards them. 

BaBaBouy's picture

Your Move, Lil' Kim ...

Swampster's picture

The IDF and the 'nazi jew run media say what?

Manthong's picture


Would it not be better to handle the problem in the boost phase?


The_Juggernaut's picture

Shoot down a North Korean missle or stfu.

Swampster's picture

The IDF and the 'nazi jew run media say what?

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Your Move, Lil' Kim ..."

This wasnt a "move" this was rattling sabers

Justin Case's picture

Those two ships colliding at sea was no accident. You think that with the technology that ship has, they didn't see the tanker that was moving along at 30 knots could run into the military ship? Not a chance. Those aboard the millitary vessel are well trained people. China must have some type of technological weapon that jammed the ships systems for both of them. I think the military is hiding something.

Sir Edge's picture


"""Pictures of the actual intercept or it didn't happen""... Bravo Cog Dis ... Exactly... !


With No video of impact from the Navy missle knocking out the Hawian Test Missle... Then I say...

Prove It Sailor Boys... Don't just take our Tax Money and declare you can do this or that... Show It... 

So let's do an analysis of what the Navy/MIC is claiming... 


 Now GROK this... What they are saying is that they hit a bullet with a bullet... that is the degree of difficulty!

Imagine that you see two guys shooting at one another but ONE Guy is not shooting to hit the other guy but shooting to actually hit the other guys bullet to knock it out of the air... right.. okay.

Now... a bullet from a gun travels about 1,800 miles per hour according to Quora... consider that speed.


But actually an intercept missile is traveling about 18,000 miles an hour and this anti-missile has to hit this bullet (incoming missile) that is going 10X as fast as an actual small gun bullet. --- 1,800 x 10 = 18,000 miles an hour roughly.

There is NO proof they did this… But thank you for your Tax Money Goy… It will be well spent in bombing innocents around the world.

Can you smell the BS ??

The US Military/Gov say they hit a bullet with a bullet traveling at 18,000 miles an hour... Right... and where is the video showing this is EXACTLY what happens as they say so... except... None!


Thank You Cognitive Dissonance... 



John Kich's picture

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Inzidious's picture

Wow. Have not seen you in forever. Figured you got locked up after leading an Antifa rally somewhere.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

I've been busy working on the Accredited Times, which is soon to replace The New York Times and the Washington Post as the primary source of accreddited news on the internet. But I'm back now, ready to educate ignorant ZHers in conventional wisdom, straight from the most accredited experts at Ivy League universities, progressive think tanks, distinguished financiers and respected politicans.

bh2's picture

Really? Can you specifically name a few of these "accredited experts"? Or are they too bashful to have their prestigious names mentioned in public?

Mustafa Kemal's picture

" But I'm back now, ready to educate ignorant ZHers in conventional wisdom, straight from the most accredited experts at Ivy League universities, progressive think tanks, distinguished financiers and respected politicans."

This is why we love and admire you MDB

earleflorida's picture

perhaps the west should put pressure on zionist israel and 'bibi'! (it's OK to laugh and clap hysterical ;-)))

the ME is inflamed and now 'Bibi' after meeting with trump , along with 'bibi's brandnew` Zionist head of mossad (cohen) mid/august, travelled to moscow for talks with putin (with Mossad's cohen in the background unannounced to western eyes/ears?) about destroying literally and figuritively assad's palace,... thus [willingly telling the Arabs were gonna kill-em and do ya all a favour?!] to put an end to assad as a prelude for peace in the levant/ME?!?

what is 'bibi' up too?

certainly the zionist lobby of Isarel in their america (basically our entire ME/ Turkey {this could also help Turkey regarding the Kurdish problem [& footprint?]) controls symbiotically our CIA & (perhaps ? NSA? also)!

lets supposed netanyahu makes an offer,... that Putin can't refuse? as in giving ukraine back to russia and lessening the containment about russia's periphery!?!

think the Israel Zionist lobby doesn't have the wherewithal to make it happen (congress 'all' are in their possession/graditude as is trumps cohn, kushner and mnuchin as zionist insiders running the ME show--- trumps zionist go to guys (that got him elected in the first place). the only? problem? [hmmm?] being our General's now controlling the other side of the political/economical- military equation?

not a problem for 'Bibi' and mossad!

Israel can make it happen as long as 'The Entire Assad Legacy' is wiped clean from Syria's cruel history under both strick dictatorship BS! from father and son over half a century!

i'd suspect putin would go with it as long as it only involves israel getting this small part of syria's troblesome border.  (not a big deal and Iran can't say much?)

ps. nobody in the ME gives a fuck about the palestinians plight, esp., the leaders of the Arab world. and i mean nobody!

they put on a proud face for palestinian's nationalism, but that's all it is--- the palestianians have long ago been relegated to the dusbin of history.  Arafat is DEAD!!!

question is how soon will trump make his move if putin gives 'bibi' the greenlight, and as for america'c political system they get their marching orders from zionist israel of america via Israel!?!


Inzidious's picture

Well. You're easily the most entertaining poster here. It's good to have you back.

Hikikomori's picture

I'll gladly live through a depression rather than see tens of millions of fellow human beings die.

Theta_Burn's picture

That's noble.. unfortunately the next global depression this time around will likely have a similar death toll.

Budnacho's picture

MDB!....great to see our original shill back with some new edgy material.

We missed you son. These Shareblue fags are just boring compared to you.

Dead People=Money....Misery=Profit.....thats Spicy!

I like where you're going big guy!....keep up the good work!

BarkingCat's picture

I doubt that this is the original MDB. 

The original has been gone for quite a while.


MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Says yet another person who has been here for significantly less time than me. Trav777 is an accredited writer at the Accredited Times too now. All the cool kids are with us now:

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

All the cool kids are with us now

All the cool kids want to be popular on Facebook, too - which is the social media equivalent of having the most friends at a mental hospital.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

You gotta read this one from Trav777 on AT:

Reading Trav's piece I think this helps clarify the debate about whether MDB is serious or way-over-the-top-satire.

You can almost "hear" Trav rolling his eyes.

RSDallas's picture

Sounds great MillionDollar.  Please go away and post your comments on your accredited site.  You don't belong here.  Does your tag line read...Accredited Times, where only dumb asses go for their news.

Inzidious's picture

Travs article is waaaay to over the top. You broke the 4th wall :(

dogismycopilot's picture

hey man, i thought you were dead. i think someone jacked your avatar while you were gone.

dont' worry, everyone gets what they want in this life. 

Justin Case's picture

On Oct. 3, 2010, Germany finally paid off all its debt from World War One. The total? About 269 billion marks, or around 96,000 tons of gold.  The reparations were part of many humiliating clauses imposed by the Treaty of Versailles following Germany’s defeat in 1918

In 2014, the UK announced it will repay £218 million ($349 million) from the £2 billion of debt that it incurred during WWII.

Merica had no debt at the start of WWII. Now they have $20 trillion debt at the start of a world woar III? People are broke so who would buy the woar bonds? Brussels?
Woar is not a solution to anything, both sides lose, it's just a differance of who lost the least. Join the military and be a true patriot instead of a couch cheering potatoe

RSDallas's picture

MillionDollar, that is the dumbest statement I have seen in quite a while.  your statement is intended to stir shit up, that's all.  If what you are spewing out of your ass is true, the US should be debt free and living high based on being at war in the Middle East for the last 25+ years.

44_shooter's picture

Spoken like a person who has no idea what they are talking about.

Bryan's picture

Don't fret.  That happens a lot here, and everywhere else on the internet.  ;-)

Winston Churchill's picture

Another missile with a transponder.

No doubt any attacker is going to put transponders on their ICBMs to help out the USN.

The only thing the USN can hit is  merchantmen by accident.

HardAssets's picture

Anyone who has spent any time in the military knows that they often rig tests & exercises in order to produce the results they want. How come a ground or ship based launcher didnt knock down the N. Korean missile that flew over Japan ?

Conscious Reviver's picture

CD pics or it didn't happen True. If the US has really, finally developed this capability, why not just park the boat off of the Korean Peninsula or Guam and do it for real?

VinceFostersGhost's picture



A war fought over the Korean Pennisula will be a lengthy war of attrition that will be very costly.


Nukes....problem solved.


You do know we've done it before.......right?

ZorroHedge's picture

Lol. If you nuke Korea both China and Russia will also be impacted by that. Yes, you did in the past but this time you will get a nuke back.

spanish inquisition's picture

And what about all the residual radiation that will float over and contaminate Japan...... Never mind.

land_of_the_few's picture

Correct, there are large cities within range of fallout, for example Vladivostok (50km from border), Komsomolsk-on-Amur .... and areas such as Kamchatka, Sakhalin.

Dalian and Harbin cities are also not so far away to west and north.

Vimes's picture

That must have been the only war the U.S. managed to win....

I would be proud of that as well, if the prime target hadn't been civilians. 

ZorroHedge's picture

That war was already won before the US intervened. 

HardAssets's picture

China will come to the aid of N Korea if a pre-emptive attack is made to end that regime. Beijing said this quite clearly & recently.

China also said they will stand down if N. Korea attacks first.

Nothing is going to happen in N. Korea. The annual joint US- S Korean military exercises will be over Sept 1 and focus will be on something else till the exercises next year.

ZorroHedge's picture

Still ... the US keeps being a threat for world peace. They have military presence everywhere and making wars against little countries with the help of their 50 country coalition and at the same time killing millions of innocent people, funding terrorists and destroying monuments that are part of human heritage.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Strongly worded statements just don't work.  It's going nuclear.   Buy an OLED today for best viewing.