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China says missile defense system test successful

Last Updated: Monday, January 11, 2010 - 20:52

Beijing: China`s military successfully tested a system for intercepting missiles in mid-flight on Monday, state media reported.

Few details were given about the test, with the official news agency saying only that "ground-based midcourse missile interception technology" was tested within Chinese territory and achieved the expected objective.

"The test is defensive in nature and is not targeted at any country," the agency said.

China`s military is in the middle of a major technology upgrade, spurred on by double digit annual percentage increases in defense spending. Missile technology is considered one of the military`s particular strengths, allowing it to narrow the gap with the US and other armed forces.

The agency did not further identify the system tested, although China is believed to be pursuing a number of programs aimed at shooting down stealth aircraft and downing or disabling cruise missiles and precision-guided weapons.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, January 11, 2010 - 20:52
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