Tuesday, 30 May 2017

US test-fires interceptor at intercontinental ballistic missile

The US military has carried out the first test of a missile defence system against an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Officials said the test of the Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California was successful.

Pentagon officials said the test was to simulate the capability for responding to a hypothetical North Korean ICBM.

The ICBM was launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific and was be equipped with a warhead which would approximate the qualities of a nuclear warhead.

The GMD interceptors carry no warheads themselves but rely on the kinetic energy of their impact to destroy the incoming missile.

Kinetic energy hits are intended to minimise the risk of detonating conventional warheads, including nuclear tipped ballistic missiles.

A THAAD missile interceptor missile is tested. File pic

SKY     News.