U.S. successfully tests missile-interceptor system
- Author: Jon Douglas Jul 31, 2017,
Jul 31, 2017, 0:28
The United States says it successfully shot down a medium-range target ballistic missile using an interception system it hopes to set up on the Korean peninsula.
American forces successfully tried out Sunday a missile interception system the U.S. hopes to set up on the Korean peninsula, military officials said following a trial just days after North Korea's second test of an ICBM. North Korea's first ICBM test was conducted on July 4 - a launch that former USA ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, described to CBS News as a "game changer" because Kim Jong Un is "basically saying to President Trump 'come at me'".
Each THAAD system is comprised of 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.
Though such exercises are planned months in advance, this one comes after North Korea test-fired the intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday. It is reported by the missile defense Agency.
THAAD's deployment to North Korea has angered China and Russian Federation, who think the system's powerful radar could be used to gather data on their territories.
The U.S. test missile was released by a C-130 transport aircraft over an undisclosed part of the Pacific Ocean.
Moscow and Beijing, in a joint statement, called on Washington to immediately halt deployment of THAAD in South Korea after North Korea's test earlier this month.
The new South Korean government, after a period of initial hesitation and concern, is requesting additional THAAD batteries as the threat from its nuclear neighbor grows. China has dramatically increased its sphere of influence over the region in recent years by expanding its Naval forces across man-made islands that span large parts of the South China Sea.