Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defense system for the first time

ICBM defense system


The US military said it had intercepted a mock-up of an intercontinental ballistic missile in a first-of-its-kind test that comes amid concerns over North Korea's weapons program.

The U.S. military fired an ICBM-type missile from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands toward the waters just south of Alaska. It then fired a missile to intercept it from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

"This system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat," Vice Admiral Jim Syring, director of the US Missile Defence Agency, was quoted as saying.

The exercise marked a significant step for the GMD system, which has had a checkered record in previous tests.





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