31 May '17, 3pm

Increasingly sophisticated test plans for US homeland missile defense system on horizon

WASHINGTON — On the heels of a successful intercept test of its homeland missile defense system against an intercontinental ballistic missile target, Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring detailed plans to continue to challenge the system to ensure it is ready to go up against threats from North Korea and Iran, not just now, but against what is anticipated in the future. Tuesday’s intercept test for the U.S. Ground-based Midcourse Defense System — designed to defend against intercontinental ballistic missile threats from North Korea and Iran — was a success that Syring characterized on a phone call to reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday as “a complete obliteration” of the target designed to represent an ICBM threat from Iran or North Korea. The test marks the first time the GMD system has gone up against an ICBM class target, although some previous tests ...

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