4 Apr 2008

US tests ballistic missile over Marshall Islands

2:58 pm on 4 April 2008

An unarmed United States ballistic missile launched from an Air Force Base in California as part of an operational test has had a successful re-entry in the Marshall Islands.

The Air Force Times says the intercontinental missile's re-entry vehicle successfully struck its target about 6700 kilometres away from the Vandenburg launch site.

A spokesperson says the successful test proves that the US nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile force is reliable and will continue to play a vital role in United States security.

The launch comes amid increased scrutiny directed at the Air Force and Defence Department following last week's announcement of a mistaken shipment of secret ballistic missile fuses to Taiwan.