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    This is from the Yomiuri:

    Japan and the United States successfully conducted the first test of a jointly developed ballistic missile defense system off Hawaii on Wednesday, the U.S. Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency said.

    The U.S. Standard Missile-3 vehicle, which incorporates a new nose cone developed by Japan, was launched at 10:45 a.m., local time, on Wednesday by the USS Lake Erie, an Aegis-equipped cruiser, near Kauai Island, the agency said.

    Within one minute of launching, the new nose cone opened, without the missile having to maneuver, releasing a kinetic warhead targeting an “enemy” missile, according to the agency.

    The conventional SM-3 required maneuvering to eject the nose cone before releasing the warhead to hit its target, raising concern the missiles could go off course during such a procedure.

    Cool. Japan’s track record with high-profile launchables has been rather spotty over the last several years–and yes, I know that missiles and rockets aren’t the same thing–so the recent successes should be good morale, uh, boosters. (I can’t find it now, but there was a report somewhere the other day that the DPRK had test-fired a short-range missile or two this week.)

    3 Responses to “Projectiles”

    1. Jon says:

      But the country’s track record with really cool gadgets is very good, so that’s something!

    2. Sean Kinsell says:

      True, although I don’t think you can fend off modern armed forces by, say, catapulting Hondas at them.

    3. Jon says:

      Indeed, though, perhaps by catapulting miniature, guided Hondas loaded down with modern explosives might be better in that regard.

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