Interceptor missile, which has now failed to hit the target set for the destruction of short-range ballistic missiles. It will be based on military ships.
The previous version rocket — SM-3 Block 1A is already in service. In addition, this is the rocket killed descended from orbit south american satellite USA-193. On board were 454 kilograms of toxic fuel and U.S. authorities were afraid that it could cause severe damage to the environment if fall to the ground.
Recall, February 21, 2008 rocket SM-3 was launched from all sides of the same Lake Erie and at an altitude of 247 km killed satellite which was the size of a large bus. Russian government then accused the U.S. of carrying out the test instruments for the benefit of the creation of a missile defense system capable of, inter alia, to destroy foreign satellites.