China says test of midcourse missile interceptor successful

February 6, 2018

The Japan Times:

BEIJING – China said Tuesday that it successfully tested a midcourse anti-missile defense system within its own territory, a move that comes amid tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and China’s own military developments in the South and East China seas.

The Defense Ministry said in a brief statement on its website that Monday’s test achieved its “preset goal.”

No details were given about the type of weapon tested, although China has been working on advancements to its standby HQ-9 anti-missile defense system. Midcourse interception involves destroying a ballistic missile while it is flying in space before re-entering the atmosphere.

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