The Department of Defense has tested a ground-launched cruise missile to gather data for future intermediate-range weapons development. The missile flew 500 kilometers from a site in San Nicolas Island, Calif., before striking a target, DoD said Monday.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Carver, a DoD spokesperson, said the tested weapon is a variant of the existing Tomahawk missile, Military.com reported Monday. The test follows the end of an old treaty that restricted the U.S. from performing intermediate-range tests. The severed agreement was known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.