Nuclear weapons testing in North Korea has put caused many people to worry about the possibility of nuclear war. Several nations are worried about the possibility of North Korea launching a preemptive strike, as a result, many defensive technologies have been implemented. While many defensives are still on shaky ground one of them recently yielded great results, the Raytheon SM-6.
During a test off the coast of Scottland, the United States Navy successfully shot down a ballistic missile using a Raytheon SM-6. The Standard Missile-6 is an active seeker which is able to lock onto targets with incredible speed and maneuverability.
“The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS McFaul successfully test fired a Standard Missile-6. That flight test designated Standard Missile Controlled Test Vehicle (SM CTV)-03, demonstrated the successful performance of an SM-6 launched from an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense capable DDG (destroyer) and was conducted as part of the system’s flight certification process.”
– Missile Defense Agency
The SM-6 can be deployed via naval vessel and could certainly aid in the event of a North Korean missile strike. Although South Korea is already equipped with Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems you can never be too safe when countless lives are at stake.