United States tests missile-defense system over Pacific Ocean

United States tests missile-defense system over Pacific Ocean

United States tests missile-defense system over Pacific Ocean

THAAD is a ground-based missile defense system created to shoot down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

The U.S. has conducted a successful test of its Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, intercepting a medium-range target ballistic missile for its 15th success in 15 tries, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said in a statement Sunday.

The report emphasized that the development and tests of missiles have been done publicly, not secretly.

South Korea said Saturday it will speed up deployment of a THAAD battery on its territory because of the latest North Korean test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

"In addition to successfully intercepting the target, the data collected will allow MDA to enhance the THAAD weapon system, our modeling and simulation capabilities, and our ability to stay ahead of the evolving threat", MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said.

The weapon was sacked by a U.S. Air Force plane over the Pacific Ocean and intercepted by the system located in Alaska, according to an MDA release. This is the second of the two tests.

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Washington should regard the launch as a "grave warning", North Korea state media reported. The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un was cited as saying that the test reaffirmed the country's ability to range the "entire" U.S. mainland with its weapons, the Guardian reported.

The B-1s teamed up with Japanese and South Korean fighter jets to test "combined capabilities" during the mission, the U.S. military said in a statement. "However, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario", O'Shaughnessy added. O'Shaughnessy, commander of the Pacific Air Forces, said in a statement.

In a statement, the Army said the exercise involved Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and South Korea's Hyunmoo Missile II.

THAAD is a ground-based missile defense system created to shoot down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Hwasong-14 being lauched at an undisclosed place in North Korea, July 28, 2017.

It uses "hit-to-kill technology where kinetic energy destroys the incoming target", the United States military says.

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