Could Kim Jong-un’s missiles beat US defenses? Pentagon will begin testing its anti-missile weapons over fears North Korea will develop intercontinental weapons
US will conduct two major tests in May in the Pacific as part of missile program
Another test will see if US can shoot down North Korean intercontinental missile
It involves long-range interceptor missiles based in Alaska and California
By EKIN KARASIN
19 April 2017
The Pentagon will begin testing anti-missile weapons to ensure they can defend against North Korean weapons.
The US will conduct two major tests in May in the Pacific as part of the military’s overall ballistic missile program to defend against North Korean or Iranian threats.
A separate high stakes test will determine whether the US can shoot down a future North Korean intercontinental missile.
That test involves long-range ground-based interceptor missiles that are based in Alaska and California.
The tests come amid fears that North Korea has obtained between ten and 25 nuclear weapons.
The program was started up over a decade ago, but only about half the tests have been successful, the Defense Department told CNN.
Of the other two tests – one of them will test-fire an improved Standard Missile off a Navy ship, officials said.