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U.S. Says Antimissile Test Successful

18 November 2005 -- A U.S. missile defense system has successfully shot down a dummy warhead over Hawaiian waters.

The test off Kauai was the sixth time an intercept test has been launched from a warship equipped with the Aegis ballistic-missile-defense system.

But, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency says it was the first test involving a warhead that had already parted its booster rocket.

The Aegis ballistic-missile-defense system would form a large part of a planned American antimissile defense shield.

All told, the United States is now spending about $9 billion a year on missile defense, the most expensive single weapons program.