US firms tout missile defense test

US firms tout missile defense test

US firms tout missile defense test

North Korea says its nuclear and missile programs are a defense against perceived US military threats.

The interception took place as scheduled on Tuesday over the Pacific Ocean, when a rocket launched from the Vandenberg base destroyed an intercontinental missile launched from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Efe news reported. The target was an intercontinental-range missile fired from a test range on Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific, and the USA used radars in the Pacific and overhead to track it. Syring said there was no homing beacon of any type on the missile.

The test, designated Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor (FTG)-15, will provide the data necessary to assess the performance of the GMD system and provide enhanced homeland defense capabilities.

"Unfortunately, the $40 billion system's successful testing record now stands at just 40 percent since it was declared operational in 2004, despite all tests being highly scripted for success", the center said in a statement.

U.S. Defense firms are touting their role in the successful launch and target destruction by an interceptor missile of an intercontinental ballistic missile. If the United States faced a wave of incoming ballistic missiles, he added, "someone would have to make a decision on which one to take out or not".

Photos from the US Missile Defence Agency showing a test of the Ground-based Mid-course Defence element of the nation's ballistic missile defence system on Tuesday.

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Last Thursday activist Hua Haifeng, 36, left work and tried to travel to Hong Kong to meet journalists, including an NYT reporter. They were investigating alleged labor abuses at a factory that makes shoes for several major brands, including Ivanka Trump.

Tuesday's test was planned "years in advance" and is not a direct response to recent North Korean tests of ballistic missiles, a Pentagon official who spoke on condition of anonymity told Stars and Stripes last week.

The US military played down expectations about the success of the GMD ahead of the test, saying it could go either way. But the interceptors, based in California and Alaska, would be overwhelmed by a full-scale attack from countries like Russian Federation or China, which could fire dozens of missiles at a time.

The Pentagon's oft-criticised missile defence program has scored a triumph, destroying a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean with an interceptor that is key to protecting USA territory from a North Korean attack.

Despite UN and unilateral sanctions, North Korea has continued with its missile tests.

The continental United States is around 9,000 km (5,500 miles) from North Korea. "Today is an important day for our nation's missile defenders, our scientists and engineers, and the American people", Sen.

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