A weekend test of a troubled U.S. military missile defense system was apparently a success, after one of the interceptors launched from Santa Barbara County destroyed a target missile.
The missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base just before noon today destroyed a mock enemy missile launched from the Marshall Islands.
The Los Angeles Times has reported that half of the interceptor test launch up until the past weekend failed to successfully complete their missions.
While engineers have been working to get bugs out of the system, it’s already considered operational, with more than two dozens of the interceptors in silos at an Air Force base in Alaska, and four at Vandenberg.
The concept behind the $40 billion dollar system is that the interceptors could stop an incoming nuclear warhead from a rogue nation like North Korea.