Brahmand NewsPrevious Article
Brahmand NewsNext Article

US tests ground-based missile defence system


The two-stage ground-based interceptor lifts off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday. A USMDA Photo

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (BNS): US has successfully test fired the two-stage ground-based interceptor (GBI) of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system – the country's only long-range ballistic missile defence system.

The weapon was test launched from the Vandenberg Air Force base in California at 3:25 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, Boeing, prime contractor for the missile defence system, said in a statement.

The test was jointly conducted by Boeing and the US Missile Dfense Agency (USMDA).

The interceptor, carrying an operational Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) payload, measured performance data for the new two-stage design as well as how an operationally configured EKV operates under stressful boundary conditions, the statement said.

The two-stage GBI has more than 95 percent commonality with the three-stage GBIs currently deployed in underground silos at Vandenberg and at Fort Greely, Alaska, and uses existing flight-qualified components, it said.

No target missile was launched for Sunday's flight test of the missile interceptor, the USMDA said.

The GBI has been designed to intercept and destroy long-range ballistic missile warheads outside Earth's atmosphere. The weapon uses ‘hit-to-kill’ technology to destroy intercontinental ballistic missiles in mid-course flight.

The system has so far achieved a total of eight successful intercept tests, including three successful intercept tests with the operationally configured interceptor.

Other Related News

North Korea launches suspected missile toward sea

North Korea has launched a suspected ballistic missile toward its eastern waters, days after the country's leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster nuclear arsenal at the fastest possible pace and threatened to use them against rivals.

BRAHMOS Missile Systems

Headlines

Brahmand World Defence Update 2022

Brahmand World Defence Update

Image Gallery