US And South Korean Military Send A Clear Message To Pyongyang

Thursday, February 14, 2013
By Paul Martin

Robert Johnson
Feb. 14, 2013

North Korea’s recent nuclear test incurred the standard international handwringing that follows most of what Pyongyang pulls off in that corner of the world. But once international leaders stepped from the cameras the real exchange began.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie successfully completed a first-of-a-kind missile test about the time Pyongyang was underway with their test.

The Erie cruised out to the waters off the island of Kauai and waited for the missile range there to launch a medium range ballistic rocket to be brought down by Erie’s Aegis system.

There have been dozens of successful Aegis tests over the past 10 years, but this was special because the Erie used new off-the-shelf electronics to work with an orbiting tracking system. The space-based system allows the Aegis to take down incoming missiles far sooner and at much greater distances than before.

Sooner means safer and with incoming ordnance out of the way, offensive strikes can be delivered that much earlier.

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