U.S. to conduct another test of a missile defense system next weekend

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully completed a Flight Test of the same missile defense system. According to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency director of public affairs, Chris Johnson, this basically “validated THAAD’s ability to intercept intermediate range ballistic missiles”. Now, army soldiers are temporarily stationed at the launch complex as the testing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is confirmed to be scheduled.

This second test from the site, named FTT-15, will check if the defense system is able to detect a medium-range ballistic missile within our planet’s atmosphere. It is already confirmed that the missile defense system is able to engage on a target as the previous launch of “two interceptors from two co-located launchers” showed earlier this month during the FTT-18 test.

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THAAD missile defense rocket interceptors

THAAD’s direct hit approach used to intercept a target in its final phase of flight has a success rate of 100 percent, as shown in the 14 tests which were carried out so far. Its missile defense systems are located in South Korea and Guam and are meant to counter missile threats from North Korea.

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