Tuesday, May 30, 2017

US Successfully Intercepts An ICBM Over The Pacific During A Missile Defense Test -- News Roundup

CNN: US successfully 'intercepts and destroys' target in missile test

Washington (CNN)The Pentagon successfully shot down an intercontinental ballistic missile using its own upgraded long-range interceptor missile on Tuesday in what was widely seen as a test of US ability to counter a North Korean missile launch.

The Missile Defense Agency launched a ground-based interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to intercept a US-launched mock ICBM target over the Pacific Ocean, according to a US defense official.

The interceptor "destroyed the target in a direct collision," according to a statement from the Missile Defense Agency.

"The intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment ... and a critical milestone for this program," said MDA Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring.

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More News On The US Successfully Intercepting An ICBM Over The Pacific During A Missile Defense Test

‘Direct collision’ for US homeland missile defense interceptor test against ICBM target -- Defense News
U.S. stages successful test of defense against simulated ICBM -- Reuters
US successfully tests ICBM defense system -- AFP
U.S. successfully shoots down mock warhead over Pacific, Pentagon says -- CBS/AP
With eyes on North Korea, U.S. successfully destroys mock ICBM over Pacific -- Washington Post
Pentagon successfully tests missile defense system amid rising concerns about North Korea -- L.A. Times
Missile Defense Test Succeeds, Pentagon Says, Amid Tensions With North Korea -- New York Times
Pentagon: U.S. successfully destroys ICBM target in defense test -- UPI
Missile Defense Test Succeeds Amid North Korea Threat, U.S. Says -- Bloomberg
US conducts successful missile intercept test, Pentagon says -- FOX News
US successfully intercepts ICBM in historic test -- ABC News
U.S. Missile Defense Test Over Pacific Ocean a Key Milestone -- NBC
US military tests ballistic missile interceptor in California amid North Korea threat -- DW
US tests missile defence system as North Korea concerns mount -- BBC
US tests ICBM interceptor missile amid rising tensions with North Korea -- RT
GOP senator: Intercept test sends 'clear message' to 'unstable dictator' -- The Hill
$40 Billion Later, Pentagon’s Missile Defense Finally Scores a Hit -- David Axe, Daily Beast


D.Plowman said...

Somewhat skeptical of whether it was an actual success.

This just smells like a PR stunt to me.

Jason Johnson said...

Yes, yes it was a PR stunt. High fives all around celebrated and carefully coreographed "test". Even so, there is only less than a one in two chance of actually getting a hit.

Quite OK to spend tens of billions on this black hole but we can't provide healthcare for our own people.