The United States will reportedly conduct missile interception tests next month to check its ability to counter growing threats of North Korea’s ballistic missiles.
Quoting a Pentagon official, CNN reported on Tuesday that the U.S. will hold two critical tests using its ship-to-air and ground-to-air interceptors.
One of the tests will reportedly involve an upgraded ship-to-air interceptor Standard Missile, which is aimed at shooting down intermediate-range North Korean missiles that pose a threat to U.S. allies like South Korea and Japan.
The report said that another critical test will examine the U.S.’ ability to shoot down a future North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile.
The official said that the two tests to be held in the Pacific are part of the U.S. military’s overall missile defense program, but are aimed at ensuring the U.S. can defend against a threat from North Korea.