US THAAD Missile Defense System to Be Tested

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The MDA said the test against a ballistic missile target would be conducted at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska.

The exact date of the planned test is not being disclosed until it has taken place.

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The US is eager to make a show of being able to intercept North Korean missiles, but such tests are risky, as the missile defense systems are in practice pretty unreliable, and even in the optimum conditions provided by the tests, often fail, which would be a particularly public embarrassment.

North Korea's missile launch saw their dreaded ICBM fly into the Sea of Japan, after being in the air for more than half an hour.

But the United States test will be the first of the THAAD to defend against a simulated attack by a ballistic missile.

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The THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system is US Army anti-ballistic missile defence system.

According to MDA spokesman Chris Johnson, the test is called Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-18.

Created to shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles, each THAAD system is comprised of five major components. This drew criticism from China. Both Russia and China asked Washington stop the South Korean THAAD deployment.

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Meanwhile in a show of force against North Korea, South Korea and the USA staged deep strike precision missile firing drills on Wednesday. The debate will continue as a updated defense bill hits congress very soon.


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