May 31 (UPI) -- The Pentagon released video Wednesday of its mock ballistic missile shoot-down test that was successfully conducted over the Pacific Ocean.
The military footage shows the target missile launched from the Marshall Islands on Tuesday, followed by the launch of the interceptor from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. Then, infrared views show the interceptor detonating after colliding with the mock weapon.
"The intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment ... and a critical milestone for this program," Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring said Tuesday.
The MDA also released photographs of the missile event, which tested the Pentagon's Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD).
Tuesday's was the first live-fire test against an ICBM-class target for GMD, the MDA said.
"This system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat," Syring added.