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Australia to speed missile defence development, Turnbull says

Australia to speed missile defence development, Turnbull says

North Korea's recent tests have overshadowed other key issues such as counter-terrorism and trade at the G20 summit in Hamburg, with world leaders including Mr Turnbull pressing China, in particular, to do more to reign in the hermit kingdom.

Reacting to North Korea's launch of a nuclear missile a couple of days ago, India on Friday released a statement saying that it is a threat to global peace.

Each Thaad system has five major components: interceptors, launchers, a radar, a fire control unit and support equipment, according to Lockheed Martin, the security and aerospace company that serves as the prime contractor for the equipment.

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The test, which was planned months ago, will be the first of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) to defend against a simulated attack by an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

The exact date of the test is not yet disclosed by the US Defense Department Missile Defense Agency (MDA), who will conduct the test, reported CNN.

During the test, the THAAD system will detect, track and engage the target with a THAAD interceptor, the report said.

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US and South Korean forces fire off missiles from the South's Hyunmu-2 Missile System and the US M20 Multiple Launch Rocket System. While the North Koreans may have the technology to send a missile to Alaska, with THAAD, it appears doubtful that it would hit its target. The joint statement claimed that Washington was using North Korea as a pretext to expand its military infrastructure in Asia. They view North Korea as a clear and present danger and defenses must be made available to protect the region.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the long-range heavy bombers flew close to the tense and heavily militarised land border with the North before turning back.

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