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MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY The U.S. and Japan conducted a successful test of the Navy's Aegis missile-defense system Tuesday in which an SM-3 interceptor was hit in the middle of the Pacific off Hawaii.

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A Standard Missile-3 interceptor, like this one launched from a Navy Aegis cruiser, hit a medium-range target missile over the Pacific on Tuesday. (U.S. Navy photograph)

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A Standard Missile-3 interceptor, like this one launched from a Navy Aegis cruiser, hit a medium-range target missile over the Pacific on Tuesday. (U.S. Navy photograph)

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** FILE ** A test of the Navy's Aegis missile-defense system in the middle of the Pacific off Hawaii. (MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY)