• Kyodo


An Aegis-equipped destroyer from the Maritime Self-Defense Force will test-fire a U.S. interceptor missile at the end of the year, the head of the Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency said Tuesday.

Lt. Gen. Henry Obering revealed the plan to test the U.S. sea-based Standard Missile 3 interceptor in written testimony submitted to a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee, saying it “will be the first such firing by a maritime ally.”

“A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Kongo-class ship will attempt to engage a medium-range ballistic missile separating target using the Block IA Standard Missile 3 interceptor,” he said.

The test-firing, which Obering described as “part of our growing partnership with Japan,” is expected to be carried out off Hawaii with the U.S. military providing support for it.

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