Video shows successful missile-intercept test over Pacific

Video shows successful missile-intercept test over Pacific

Video shows successful missile-intercept test over Pacific

The U.S. Defense Department conducted the test on Tuesday afternoon, firing the interceptor rocket from Vandenburg Air Force Base along the coastline of California's Santa Barbara County. Multiple sensors, including Hawaii's Sea-Based X-Band Radar in the Pacific Ocean, provided target acquisition and tracking data, according to the agency.

The interceptor system destroys ICBMs by unleashing a 5-foot-long "kill vehicle" to demolish the missile through sheer impact.

On 13:30 a ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Ca. and its exo-atmospheric kill vehicle intercepted and destroyed the target in a direct collision.

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 USA from its adversaries.

"I was confident before the test that we had the capability to defeat any threat that they would throw at us", Vice Admiral Jim Syring, director of the MDA, told reporters.

According to its website, the MDA's mission is to "develop, test, and field an integrated, layered ballistic missile defense system to defend the United States" and "friends against all range of enemy ballistic missiles".

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The MDA controls several other missile defense systems throughout the world, including the terminal high altitude area defense system now deployed in South Korea to defend against missile attacks from North Korea, according to janes.com (which follows the defense industry). The interceptor made by Boeing, using a solid propulsion system made by Orbital Sciences Corp. It has been in place since 2004 and never used in combat or fully tested.

The test, designated Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor (FTG)-15, will provide the data necessary to assess the performance of the GMD system and provide enhanced homeland defense capabilities.

As per many experts, the long-range missile test on the United States side is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The system failed during the three prior attempts.

Despite that critique, "this is an important day for homeland missile defense, and a bad day for Kim Jung-un", said Tom Karako, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Concern among the global community over the North's weapons programme was further raised after North Korea test-fired yet another ballistic missile this week, the latest in a series of launches that has ratcheted up tensions over Pyongyang's quest to develop weapons capable of hitting the US. The 44 GBI interceptor force positioned at Vandenberg, CA and Fort Greely in Alaska are now countermeasures capable of defeating such threats.

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