Raytheon missile hits high-flying target

A next-generation interceptor made by Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems destroyed a ballistic missile late Thursday, the company and the U.S. Missile Defense agency said Friday.

During the test of the Standard Missile-3 Block IB, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie detected and tracked a target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, and fired one SM-3.

The SM-3 maneuvered and released a kinetic warhead that tracked the target’s re-entry vehicle, diverted into its path and hit and destroyed the target.

The test was the 26th successful intercept for the SM-3 program and the fifth back-to-back successful test of the next-generation SM-3 Block IB missile.

The previous SM-3 Block IB test flight on Sept. 18 was the highest intercept for the system, reaching higher than a modified SM-3 that destroyed a failed satellite in a highly publicized shootdown in 2008 The exact altitude is classified.

The latest tests show the SM-3 Block 1B is on schedule for deployment in 2015, the company said.

Nearly 5,200 families denied welfare checks

PHOENIX — Nearly 5,200 low-income Arizona families were denied welfare checks as a result of the federal government shutdown.

Those families, eligible for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, didn’t get their payments Thursday.

The group denied checks included people who had been approved for cash assistance, which averages $207 per person.

Funding for the federally funded, state-run program had run out by the third day of the shutdown.

Workshop Tuesday is for military veterans

Older military veterans seeking employment are invited to a workshop Tuesday at the Kino Veterans’ Workforce Center, 2801 E. Ajo Way, for help with the issues they face.

The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. There is no charge to attend.

In the afternoon, veterans can participate in a computer assessment about how skills learned or developed in military service transfer to civilian career choices, Pima County officials said.

To sign up, call 740-4646 or 243-6700.

Staff and wire reports

Contact Assistant Business Editor David Wichner at dwichner@azstarnet.com or 573-4181.