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U.S. tests salvo of missiles to knock out ICBM

  • March 26, 2019
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The US Defense Department says it has successfully tested ground-based interceptors to knock out an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The Pentagon said on Monday that a mock ICBM launched from a test site in the Marshall Islands was destroyed by two missiles fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

 

Officials say the first missile hit the re-entry vehicle and the second selected and struck the next most lethal object it could identify.

 

They say this is the second time since 2017 that a ground-based missile has been tested against an ICBM, but the first in which multiple interceptors were launched to improve precision.

 

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency said in a statement that the test demonstrates it has a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat.

 

The United States is strengthening its missile defense capabilities, as it believes North Korea is close to acquiring an ICBM.

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