US ‘successfully’ tests THAAD by launching ballistic missile over Pacific

Sunday, July 30, 2017
By Paul Martin
30 Jul, 2017

The US military has successfully tested the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system over the Pacific Ocean, the country’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) chief said in a statement.

“The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Army soldiers of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, conducted a successful missile defense test today using the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system,” the statement reads, as cited by NBC.

“A medium-range target ballistic missile (MRBM) was air-launched by a U.S. Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean,” the announcement says further, adding that part of the THAAD system stationed in Alaska pinpointed and intercepted the target.

The ‘Flight Experiment THAAD’ test was aimed at gathering “threat data from a THAAD interceptor in flight,” according to the US military.

The launch also allowed necessary data to be collected to “enhance the THAAD weapon system” and ensured the “ability to stay ahead of the evolving threat,” Greaves is quoted as saying.

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