The Pentagon’s missile defense test Tuesday has been planned for years, but nobody expected how relevant its timing would be.
Two days after North Korean proclaimed its come closer to long-range missile capabilities in the nuclear weapon sphere, the Pentagon for the first time ever has attempted to destroy a target simulating the speed and range of a potential North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile.
“It will test the system against an ICBM-type target and will represent the longest intercept test of a target to date in the program,” said Vice Adm. James Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency.
The results of the test won’t be known until Wednesday. The dummy rocket will take off from the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean, representing a would-be North Korean threat.
An interceptor then blasted off from an underground missile silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Los Angeles to counter and destroy the simulated missile over the Pacific Ocean.
It has been described as a “bullet hitting a bullet.”
The launch can be viewed below:
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