The THAAD missile defense system successfully shot down a target over Alaska today, in the system’s first intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) intercept, according to the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA). THAAD shot down the IRBM target; which was launched from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak (Alaska). “The successful demonstration of THAAD against an IRBM-range missile threat bolsters the country’s defensive capability against developing missile threats in North Korea and other countries around the globe and contributes to the broader strategic deterrence architecture,” the MDA said in the statement. “I couldn’t be more proud of the government and contractor team who executed this flight test today,” MDA director Lt. General. Sam Greaves said. “This test further demonstrates the capabilities of the THAAD weapon system and its ability to intercept and destroy ballistic missile threats. THAAD continues to protect our citizens, deployed forces and allies from a real and growing threat.” The target was launched from a USAF C-17 cargo plane over the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii.
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