Published: Mon, July 31, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

U.S. conducts successful THAAD anti-missile system test

U.S. conducts successful THAAD anti-missile system test

Crews then used the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system to intercept and destroy it.

The US Missile Defense Agency said a medium-range ballistic missile was successfully intercepted over the Pacific in the early hours of Sunday morning, in a test of the Pentagon's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System battery in Kodiak, Alaska.

THAAD is not created to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles, like the one North Korea tested for the second time Friday, but it is an excellent defensive tool when it comes to short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

The test comes days after North Korea conducted its second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile in a month.

The U.S. military, which detected and tracked the missile throughout its flight, determined it posed no threat to North America.

The North Korean had described its missile test a "stern warning" for the USA and said that the country would face destruction if it tried to attack North Korea.

It was sacked by an Air Force Plane and intercepted by the defense system.

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A THAAD interceptor gathered "threat data" during the test flight.

North Korea said the "whole USA mainland is within reach".

The U.S. Army launched the missile Sunday over the Pacific Ocean. The last time the US tested THAAD, earlier this month, it said it successfully intercepted an intermediate-range missile target. In recent months, the North has successfully tested a precision Scud, the Pukguksong-2 (KN-15) MRBM, and the Hwasong-12 IRBM, all of which are new weapons systems rolled out this year.

The exercise will help the U.S. "The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region", President Donald Trump had said in a statement.

South Korea had previously suspended its use of the THAAD system, while its regional neighbor Japan rejected it in favor of a different missile defense system.

China has been notified of the move to speed up the deployment, the South's presidential Blue House said. South Korea had earlier deployed two such units but the rest were delayed due to environmental concerns.

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