PENTAGON CALLS MISSILE TEST OVER THE PACIFIC A SUCCESS

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 5, 2001 – Radio Australia)---A U.S. interceptor missile has hit and destroyed a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean in the third successful test of the U.S. Missile Defense System, which is designed to shield the United States against long-range missile attack.

Pentagon spokeswoman Cheryl Irwin said the interceptor missile was fired from the U.S. Army base on Kwajalein, in the Marshall Islands, some 20 minutes after a modified intercontinental missile left a launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying the mock warhead and a balloon decoy into space.

The U.S. said the interception was achieved at a speed of about 26,000 kilometers (15,600 miles) per hour.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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