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Pentagon missile defense program scores direct hit

Pentagon missile defense program scores direct hit

The Pentagon successfully completed a test of the nation's homeland missile defense system on May 30.

The Missile Defense Agency said it was the first live-fire test against a simulated ICBM for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense, managed by Boeing Co., and hailed it as an "incredible accomplishment". Pyongyang is known to be moving closer to the capability of putting a nuclear warhead on such a missile and could develop decoys sophisticated enough to trick an interceptor into missing the real warhead.

Syring's agency sounded a note of caution.

Philip E. Coyle, a former head of the Pentagon's test and evaluation office and a senior fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, said Tuesday's outcome was a significant success for a test that was three years in preparation, but he noted that it was only the second success in the last five intercept attempts since 2010.

It is unclear if more tests are planned in the near future, or what the success might mean for the program overall until military officials study the data more closely.

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"This is one element of a broader missile defence strategy that we can use to employ against potential threats", Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.

A ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California "successfully intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile target" fired from the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands, the Pentagon announced.

Tuesday's test, which took place over the Pacific, came after a series of successful missile tests by North Korea that demonstrated steady progress in its pursuit of various types of missiles, including a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of reaching the U.S.

The interceptor tested had an upgraded "kill" vehicle - to hit the incoming missile, as well as an upgraded booster and improved guidance.

The Pentagon's testing and program evaluation office previous year admitted it has only a "limited capability" to defend the United States from ballistic missile attacks, and - despite another $37 billion having already been earmarked for these programs between now and 2021 - the Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday that the Pentagon's current ballistic missile defenses "will not likely provide robust defense as planned". Intercepting one missile with another is the equivalent of hitting one bullet with another but on a larger and more complex scale. The older liquid fuel rockets require a long, visible process of refueling, tipping off surveillance systems.

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The North continues a program of testing missiles and developing nuclear weapons. However, the interceptor technology has been making steady advances throughout the life of the program.

In a Monday tweet, President Donald Trump joined the leaders of South Korea and Japan in condemning the test, saying that North Korea had "shown great disrespect" for China by "shooting off yet another ballistic missile".

The Pentagon has other elements of missile defense that have proved to be more reliable, although they are created to work against medium-range or shorter-range ballistic missiles.

The Defense Department video includes images of the two missiles colliding over the Pacific.

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