Successful Interceptor Missile Launch Destroying Intercontinental Ballistic Missile…

One of the key elements to remember today -when reviewing articles and information about a successful ICBM intercept by a gound-based launch interceptor missile- is the actual interception happened in space (low earth orbit).

This shield program was the visionary “Star Wars” missile defense system originally proposed by President Ronald Reagan.

The development of Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) systems are in conjunction with an anticipated future ‘space-based’ orbiting intercept system – to create the ICBM defense shield.  Today’s GMD interceptor test was successful.  GMD monitors are on land, sea and in orbit.  Congratulations USAF

Around the clock, every day of the year, the GMD system acts as the nation’s shield and first line of defense to warn, alert and defend against the threat of ballistic missile attacks.

(CALIFORNIA)  […]  Today was the very first live-fire test against an ICBM class target for GMD and the United States defense system against ballistic missiles.

GMD has sensors on land, sea and space to detect threats. Once a threat is detected, a three-stage solid rocket booster blasts the EKV into space. When it is outside the Earth’s atmosphere, EKV takes the mission forward and uses advanced multi-color sensors to detect the incoming warheads.

Instead of using a traditional warhead, EKV destroys the threat by colliding with it — a process known as “hit-to-kill.”  EKVs can destroy missiles using nothing more than the force of this massive collision.

The threat is destroyed at a safe distance out in space to keep Americans safe on the ground.

Missile Defense Agency’s test today involved launching a simulated intercontinental ballistic missile from the Marshall Islands. The objective was to shoot down the “threat” in space by firing an interceptor – the EKV- from the Vandenburg Air Force base in California.

North Korea and other countries have ratcheted up missile development and testing recently. This EKV test is part of ongoing testing planned well before the recent escalation with North Korea’s own tests, but considering the timing, it sends a very strong message.

This is the tenth successful intercept for the EKV. Raytheon’s SM-3 interceptor is another weapon that the U.S. Navy uses to defeat short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats. EKV and SM-3 together have a combined record of more than 40 successful intercepts in space.  (read more)

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214 Responses to Successful Interceptor Missile Launch Destroying Intercontinental Ballistic Missile…

  1. Pam says:

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    • Nunya Bidness says:

      ABC NEWS said the test does not guarantee that the system would work in a real situation. Much like the Republican majority in Congress.

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  2. Nunya Bidness says:

    It would be unfortunate if this technology accidentally misfired and took out the Nork satellites in polar orbit.


    • Joan says:

      The North Korea satellites over the U.S. are illegal and we could take them out.


      • Glint says:

        Not illegal. Eisenhauer saw to that (countrys’ satellite overfly rights).


        • Joan says:

          Dr. Peter Vincent Pry in The Lost Sunday: “North Korea is illegally developing nuclear missiles, regularly makes nuclear threats against the U.S. and its allies, and has orbited two illegal satellites over the United States, which the U.S. has refrained from shooting down.” I will take Dr. Pry’s word for it.


        • Atticus says:

          Would be very unfortunate if all the NK satellites “malfunctioned” at the same time.


  3. Joan says:

    Dr. Pry in The Lost Sunday: “EMP attack can be executed by a wide variety of delivery vehicles, anything that can loft a nuclear weapon to 30 kilometers or higher. Possible delivery vehicles against the United States include a satellite, a long-range missile, a medium- or short-range missile launched off a freighter, some kinds of cruise missiles and anti-ship missiles (like Russias’s Club-K exported to Iran), a jet fighter or some kinds of jet airliner doing a zoom climb, even a meteorological balloon.”


  4. Dougger says:

    The USAF had very little to do with this test–it was the Missile Defense Agency’s test, with the US Army National Guard pulling the trigger.


  5. Matamoros says:

    Colliding with it means that it has to actually be close enough to hit it. One can only wonder why they simply don’t use large ball bearings in a shotgun approach which would kill without having to be exactly on target.


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