China makes progress on missile defence system with new test



China has shot down an approaching missile outside the atmosphere missile defence test.



According experts quoted state media on Friday, the successful experiment shows that China has mastered the technology and that its anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defence system is “gradually maturing and becoming more reliable.”





It was the fourth land-based test and the fifth of its kind since 2010, and the missile – usually a medium-range or intercontinental ballistic missile – had been intercepted the longer mid-flight phase.




The of Defence stressed that it was a purely defensive test “not directed against any other country.”(dpa/)