12 July 2017

News Story: US Army missile defense system destroys target in test

By: Jen Judson

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army’s missile defense system capable of taking out targets in the last phase of flight intercepted a threat target on Tuesday in a Missile Defense Agency test out of Kodiak, Alaska, according to Lockheed Martin, the system’s manufacturer.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system at Pacific Spaceport Complex — Alaska “detected, tracked and intercepted” a threat target designed to represent an intermediate-range ballistic missile, a first for THAAD, according to a company statement.

The interceptor “destroyed the target’s reentry vehicle with sheer force of a direct collision,” the statement reads.

The test marks the 14th successful intercept in 14 attempts for THAAD since 2005. 

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