U.S. tests missile defence system
Yesterday the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), based on Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal, successfully intercepted and destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) target during the first live-fire test of MDA’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. The defence agency said that the ground-based interceptor missile which was sacked from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California smashed into a target launched from the Marshall Islands, and destroyed it.
It was the first live-fire test event against an ICBM-class target for the defensive system, which is meant to protect Hawaii and the mainland from North Korean missiles.
Syring stressed that “this system is vitally important to the defence of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat“.
“Program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test”, said the MDA.
In a statement Tuesday the Alaskan Senator said the interception of a mock ballistic-missile showed that missile defense systems were capable of protecting the US from its adversaries. The test was long-planned.
A Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor was sacked from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Tuesday afternoon.
The test came two days after North Korea tested another ballistic missile, which landed within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Still, he noted it was only the second success in the last five intercept attempts since 2010. The military says that missile struck the target outside the Earth’s atmosphere in what the Pentagon called “a direct collision” – and destroyed it.
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.
A key Republican is promising to use this year’s annual defense policy bill to “double down” on the message sent to North Korea by Tuesday’s successful missile intercept test.
The concept of an anti-missile missile has been described as analogous to trying to hit a bullet with another bullet at high speed.
Sullivan has been a key advocate in the Senate for expanding homeland missile defense systems. Its accelerating missile development has complicated Pentagon calculations, most recently by incorporating solid-fuel technology into its rockets.
He said the North Koreans have expanded the size and sophistication of its program, from close range ballistic missiles to ICBMs.
The paper added: “The United States must know our declaration that we can turn the devils’ den into ashes with nuclear weapons is not an empty threat”.