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Wednesday, 28th October 2009
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Japan tests missile interceptor

Japan has tested its third missile interceptor off the coast of Hawaii.

In a joint exercise with the US, a target was fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai and then the Japanese navy ship Myoko intercepted it and fired a missile to interrupt it.

According to information released by Japan and the US, the interceptor missile hit the test target 100 miles into space, above the Pacific Ocean.

This is the third missile test carried out by Japan since 1998.

As well as the Myoko ship, two US Navy boats - the USS Paul Hamilton and the USS Lake Erie - tracked the target from Pearl Harbor.

Japan currently has four boats which are fitted with ballistic missile defence technology, including the Myoko, the JS Chokai and the JS Kongo.

Japan has been developing missile interceptors since 1998, when the Democratic People's Republic of Korea fired a long-range missile over the country.

Written by Mark Smith.