A Japanese navy ship has intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile in a test off Hawaii.
The U.S. military fired the test's target on Tuesday from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.
The JS Myoko detected the target, tracked it and then fired an SM-3 interceptor missile from its deck. The interceptor hit the target in space above the Pacific Ocean.
The Myoko is the third of four Japanese ships to be upgraded with ballistic missile defense technology.
The second, the JS Chokai, participated in a test off Hawaii last November but an unidentified problem prevented its interceptor from shooting down the target. An investigation is ongoing.
The first Japanese attempt, from the JS Kongo in 2007, was successful.