Monday, January 28, 2013

U.S. Conducts Successful Missile Defense Test

Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Resumes Testing Of the Ground Based Interceptor -- Defense Update

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency resumed testing the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system yesterday, launching the GMD interceptor on a successful flight. The missile GMD is the United States’ only defense against long-range ballistic missile threats. GMD flight testing was halted in early 2011 after a guidance error resulted in a failed intercept in a December 2010 test.

On the recent flight the GMD Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) carried a next-generation Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), measuring the conditions it was subjected to through the various phases of the flight. According to Wes Kremer, Raytheon Missile Systems’ vice president of Air and Missile Defense Systems.

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More News On The Recent U.S. Missile Defense Test

US Announces Successful Missile Flight Test
-- ABC News/AP
US tests upgraded missile interceptor -- Voice of Russia
U.S. military test missile intercept vehicle in space
-- Examiner
Enhanced Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle successful in non-intercept flight test -- Sacramento Bee
Ground-Based Interceptor completes successful flight test -- Dvids

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