Tuesday, June 24, 2014
A joint forces test shows it's possible to intercept an intermediate range missile launched from far out at sea with another projectile launched from U.S. soil. The test was led by the Missile Defense Agency. The Army launched a missile from the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands. A Navy destroyer was able to detect it and relay information about where it was headed. Six minutes later, the interceptor was launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base. The interceptor, also called the kill vehicle, was able to take out the missile without an explosion, just using the force of its motion and weight. The knockout took place in space. Missile Defense Commander Admiral Jim Syring calls the exercise an important step in improving national security.
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