Johnson said that the U.S. has 36 missile interceptors ready to go, but if the incoming threats were real missiles, and not just tests, they’d fire a few interceptors at each target.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted today a successful, long-awaited test of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the Missile-Defense system protecting the Continental USA from attacks by intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
The technology behind the GMD is extremely complex, and the system uses globally deployed sensors to detect and track ballistic missile threats.
This week’s successful ICBM intercept test by the United States sends a clear message to North Korea that the U.S.is capable of shooting down any oncoming missile from the communist nation, a senator said Wednesday.
The drill was “an incredible accomplishment” aimed in part at preparing for a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile strike, according to one military official.
Within days the United States proposed to China that the Security Council strengthen sanctions on North Korea over its repeated ballistic missile launches.
A US interceptor scored a direct hit and appeared to result in the “complete obliteration” of a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean in what the Pentagon said Wednesday was a realistic test that mirrored the missile threat from North Korea and Iran.
Boeing serves as the prime contractor on the GMD program and collaborates with an industry team to integrate updates to the system: Raytheon says that its Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle served as the ICBM’s interceptor; Raytheon also is behind the X-band and AN/TPY-2 radar systems used during the test.
To date, North Korea has carried out three underground nuclear tests.
“North Korea has expanded the size and the sophistication of its ballistic missile forces from close-range ballistic missiles to intercontinental ballistic missiles“. It was destroyed by another missile fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The U.S. defense system has roots in President Ronald Reagan’s efforts to develop a response to ballistic missile threats during the Cold War, when tensions were high between the U.S. and Soviet Union. Company personnel at the MDIOC provided engineering, flight test execution, and communications expertise that helped the Mission Control Center Facility and the C2BMC System Test Operational Center monitor and assess the progress and success of the GMD flight test.