The United States has an extra layer of defense against incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles after the U.S. Navy made history with its first successful downing of an ICBM in space from a warship during a test this week.
The test came weeks after North Korea introduced its largest-yet ICBM at a military parade. Although the missile has not been tested, the BBC reported that it has the potential to reach America’s East Coast.
The successful test took place Tuesday, according to the Missile Defense Agency.
In the test, a missile was fired from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll across the Pacific Ocean northeast of Hawaii.
USS John Finn, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with the Aegis Baseline 9 Weapon System, was given the missile’s track through the Command and Control Battle Management Communications network. The weapon system allows “simultaneous air warfare and ballistic missile