USA should fortify missile defense system

USA should fortify missile defense system

USA should fortify missile defense system

NY [U.S.], July 8::The United States plans to conduct a test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defence system within the next few days in the wake of tensions escalated by Pyongyang.

THAAD's test success rate is far higher than America's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, which was created to shoot down an ICBM headed for the US. North Korea on July 4 launched a nuclear-capable ballistic missile which is deemed capable of striking Alaska and Hawaii.

North Korea conducted a fresh missile test on 4 July - the US Independence Day - calling it a gift to the "US b******s". The THAAD interceptors will be fired from Alaska when the test takes place. The test showed the world the system can defend the United States against missiles more technically advanced than anything in North Korea's current arsenal.

Each Thaad system has five major components: interceptors, launchers, a radar, a fire control unit and support equipment, according to Lockheed Martin, the security and aerospace company that serves as the prime contractor for the equipment.

This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 30, 2017 shows a test-fire of a ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

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Still, in recent testimony to Congress, Vice Admiral James Syring, then the director of the Missile Defence Agency, said FTT-18 would aim to demonstrate THAAD's ability to intercept a separating IRBM target.

Pyongyang has expressed its strong opposition to the move, saying the USA advanced missile system in the South would destabilize the region's security by upsetting the military status quo.

Based on North Korea's claim and the Pentagon's assessment that the rocket poses a new level of threat to the U.S. and the region, the USA ambassador to the United Nations dedicated the entire UNSC meeting to scrambling together a new set of sanctions to impose on Pyongyang.

After North Korea's latest missile test, Trump tweeted out a call for Japan, South Korea and China to stand up to the country.

In a key development, the GMD system successfully shot down an incoming, simulated North Korean ICBM in a test in May.

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