US Claims Success in Latest Missile Defense Test
System shoots down projectile over Pacific
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2008 4:12 PM CST
A US Navy ship fires an interceptor missile off Hawaii in a file photo from a 2007 test.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Pentagon says the latest test of its missile-defense system, performed today, was a success, Reuters reports. An interceptor missile dispatched from an Air Force base in California shot down a test projectile—similar to those Iran and North Korea claim to possess—fired from Alaska over the Pacific this afternoon.