The Army's patriot interceptor missile system successfully destroyed two targets during a test Thursday at White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico.
Officials with the U.S. Army Program Executive Office of Air and Missile Defense in Huntsville, Ala., said the objective was to test the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 - or PAC-3 - with hardware changes designed to reduce missile cost and improve its production.
"The test also demonstrated the system's capability to detect, track, engage and intercept a short-range tactical ballistic missile target and a low-altitude cruise missile target," the office said in a statement.
Soldiers from the Air Defense Artillery at Fort Bliss, Texas, helped with the test.
The PAC-3 system successfully completed operational testing in 2002. It was first used in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
The PAC-3 uses kinetic energy, rather than an explosive warhead, to destroy targets. It was developed to provide increased defense against advanced tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and other air-bound threats.