In keeping with its perfect record on launches, the U.S. on Tuesday test fired its THAAD anti-ballistic missile system from Alaska and successfully intercepted a target missile, which had been launched from an Air Force Cargo plane north of Hawaii, according to a Fox News report.
Previously scheduled in June, the test comes a week after North Korea successfully test-launched an intermediate range ballistic missile that was capable of hitting Alaska.
THAAD is used to intercept short and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, but it doesn’t target intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said he was proud of the team that pulled this off. “This test further demonstrates the capabilities of the THAAD weapon system and its ability to intercept and destroy ballistic missile threats. THAAD continues to protect our citizens, deployed forces and allies from a real and growing threat,” he said.
Using the same procedures they would use in an actual combat scenario, soldiers from the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade on Kodiak conducted conducted the test. Those operating the equipment were not told of the actual target launch time.
This latest show of force comes after the U.S. flew two B-1 bombers to the Korean Peninsula from Guam to conduct a mock bombing run using dummy bombs on Saturday. They were escorted by South Korean and later Japanese fighter jets.
Our military also launched short range surface-to-surface missiles from South Korea just hours after the North Koreans tested a missile on July 4.
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