Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Pentagon claims missile defence win

Pentagon claims missile defence win

The missile was sacked at a "threat representative" intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a test site in the Marshall Islands, U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement released by the Department of Defense.

The US put its Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile shield to the test on Tuesday, firing an intercontinental ballistic missile from the Marshall Islands and knocking it out of the sky with a missile fired from California.

North Korea warned yesterday it was prepared to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at any time, as the United States successfully tested a system created to intercept them.

Its exo-atmospheric "kill vehicle" then intercepted and destroyed the target projectile in a "direct collision". MDA director Vice Adm. Jim Syring was quoted as saying, "The intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment for the GMD [ground-based midcourse defense] system".

The Defense Department said it will continue to evaluate other data to determine how the system performed.

More tests were planned in coming years to advance USA defense capabilities, he said.Syring said the ICBM targeted in the test was representative of potential missiles that could be fielded by North Korea or Iran. The last one conducted in June 2014 was also a success.

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Its target simulated an intercontinental ballistic missile, meaning it flew faster than missiles used in previous intercept tests, according to Christopher Johnson, the Missile Defense Agency's spokesman. The GMD began test intercepts in the late 1990s and gained new relevance as North Korea began to develop an ICBM capable of hitting the United States. The test ICBM was sacked from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defence Test Site in the Marshall Islands.

"Defense and intelligence officials warn that North Korea is making progress toward threatening the USA with a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile - although they won't say when". This was announced in an official statement the missile defense Agency of the United States.

He said the North Koreans have expanded the size and sophistication of its program, from close range ballistic missiles to ICBMs.

The post US Missile Interceptor Test Successful as North Korea Threat Grows appeared first on SIGNAL. KCNA, the North Korean state news agency, claimed that the reentry vehicle landed within 23 feet of its intended target. A little more than one hour later, the Pentagon confirmed that it had successfully collided with an ICBM-class target.

According to the representative of the missile defense Agency Christopher Johnson, a rocket created to mimic the ICBMs fly faster than those that were used in the previous intercept test.

It is a similar missile defence system to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system, which was recently deployed in South Korea. The GMD is created to stop missiles - such as North Korean missiles - during the midcourse of their flight through space.

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