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Massive explosions in the skies over the Pacific today -- the united states military.
Held what officials are calling their biggest defense and I should -- missile defense test ever.
All three branches took part in what is a 200 million dollar exercise.
The challenge here shoot down multiple missiles above the Pacific coast near Honolulu.
Trace Gallagher is in our West Coast news -- this afternoon and how to verify men and women do.
Well they're playing baseball -- to be -- 800 they knocked down four out of five of those missiles and the military says the key here is how well the three branches worked together you have the army on the ground the -- C and the air force actually tracking these missiles using high tech radar.
All five missiles were fired at the same time from the ground the -- and the C and -- just seconds to react they missed only one experts say that's good but.
It needs to be perfect listen.
We're about I'd estimate not -- percent there.
You gotta you gotta get that last -- percent because if you don't someone.
Something catastrophic may well happen.
But this gives me a good level of confidence someone who's been following this literally for thirty years.
That were were closer than ever to having not a perfect solution but one -- be effective.
Now technically the military really only shot three out of five of those missiles they engaged on the fourth missile but decided not to blow it up so they could.
Use it again.
-- changes to this missile defense system tray student world events I guess.
Yeah because if you look back over the last thirty years -- -- when this thing was developed under President Reagan and the main goal at that time was to stop the Russians and their Intercontinental.
Ballistic missiles this test yesterday was to identify and defend.
Against five different threads simultaneously that's because clearly there's threat increased levels from Iran in places like North Korea.
This test is proof positive this system is getting better.
Which is good news ship considering that over the past twenty years or so we have put close to 200 million dollars.
Dollars into this program 200 billion.
Billion dollars has gone into this program -- 1985.
All right it and -- Current live in our Los Angeles news of well --
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