U.S. successfully tests ICBM defense system

U.S. successfully tests ICBM defense system

In Tuesday's USA test, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency launched an interceptor rocket from an underground silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The U.S. Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system has successfully completed its first live-fire test against an ICBM-class target.

Vice Admiral Jim Syring, Director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency praised yesterday's exercise, telling Politico, "This test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat".

To counter the threat, a ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The test comes amid heightened tensions in the Pacific region, as North Korea continues to conducts its own less impressive missile tests.

The US system has been in development for over 15 years but Tuesday was the first attempt to target an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The test, originally scheduled for previous year, was pushed back as the Missile Defense Agency made engineering changes to the interceptor, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office released Tuesday.

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During the test, the GMD system devised a fire control strategy to intercept the IBCM target through the use of tracking data received from the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communication platform.

"In several ways, this test was a $244 million-dollar baby step, a baby step that took three years", Coyle said. However, he said that the layout is not the layout of the North Korean missiles.

This image made from video of an undated still image broadcasted in a news bulletin on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, by North Korea's KRT shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a missile launcher in North Korea.

The success of Tuesday's test is a watershed moment for the USA military's effort to establish an effective - though limited - ground-based defense against ICBMs.

During the test, an ICBM-class target was launched from the Reagan Test Site on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

It is a similar missile defence system to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system, which was recently deployed in South Korea. Attention was drawn to the growing concern of the US concerning development of missile programs in North Korea and Iran that threaten not only the region, but also national security of the United States. To shoot down an ICBM is a challenge because its speed is faster than the short-range missile.

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