US Plunges ICBM Into Space from Warship in Successful Test


According to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was launched into space from a warship during a successful demonstration on Tuesday.

The ICBM target missile was launched around 12:50 am from a test range in the Marshall Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean, between Hawaii and the Philippines, and shot down into space by a missile launched from the US warship, MDA, at sea. Gone. Announced.

It was destroyed by Raytheon missiles and an advanced SM-3 block IIA ballistic missile defense interceptor made by Defense and co-developed with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan, it said in a statement.

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The Air Force’s Global Strike Command launched the unarmed Minutman III intercontinental ballistic missile during a test at 12:21 a.m. Pacific daylight time, August 4, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
(Photo by US Air Force senior airman Hannah Abercrombie)

“It was an incredible achievement and a significant milestone for the Aegis BMD SM-3 Block IIA program,” said MDA Director Vice Admiral John Hill. We have demonstrated that an Aegis BMD-equipped vessel equipped with the SM-3 block IIA missile can defeat the ICBM class target, in the process of determining its viability as a part of the architecture to protect indigenous Step one. “

Brian Rosselli, vice president of Strategic Missile Defense at Raytheon Missile and Defense, said the test was an “as before” and showed that the US has a viable alternative to a new layer of defense against long-range threats. . “

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Previous tests to shoot ICBMs were performed using ground-based interceptors launched from bases in Alaska and California.

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Hill said, “My congratulations to the entire testing team, including our military and industry partners, who helped us achieve this milestone.”

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report

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