The United States successfully tested an anti-ballistic missile interceptor
WASHINGTON, may 31 — RIA Novosti. The U.S. military on Tuesday successfully tested missiles designed to intercept Intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to the missile defense Agency of the United States.
According to the Ministry, was tested the so-called ground-based missile defense system to cruising flight (Ground-based Midcourse Defense, GMD), located in California, which was struck by a missile target, launched from the region of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific ocean. It is specified that the target was struck as a result of “direct confrontation”.
“According to preliminary data, the test has achieved the initial objectives, officials who are engaged in the program will continue to evaluate the system performance based on telemetry and other data obtained during testing”, — stated in the message.
The tests were carried out in the context of a series of missile tests undertaken earlier this year the DPRK.
USA in response to increasing military presence in the region, there are deploying a missile defense system in South Korea and increase protection of the main part of the country.
According to open sources, the complex missile defense GMD commissioned in 2005. It is designed to intercept Intercontinental ballistic missiles and their warheads in outer space beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.
At the present time to protect the continental United States deployed 30 interceptors in Alaska and California, deployment, another 15 missiles is scheduled for completion in 2017.