Tuesday, May 30, 2017

DEFENSE_ Pentagon: ICBM missile intercept test a success


Pentagon: ICBM missile intercept test a success

By Ellen Mitchell
- 05/30/17 04:59 PM EDT

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The Pentagon on Tuesday successfully shot down an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in a first-time test that cost nearly $250 million and helps prepare the Department of Defense (DOD) for a growing threat from North Korea.

The DOD’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) shot an interceptor from the ground-based midcourse defense system (GMD) — a network meant to protect the country against a limited nuclear attack — at a target missile with a mock warhead meant to simulate an ICBM.

The target missile launched from Reagan Test Site Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific — nearly 5,000 miles from Los Angeles — and the interceptor was fired from an underground silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The intercept took place over the Pacific Ocean, according to a Pentagon statement.

READ MORE: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/335682-pentagon-icbm-missile-intercept-test-a-success


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