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US to Test First ICBM Intercept in 2016 - Missile Defense Agency

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The United States will carry out its first intercept test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) later in 2016, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Director Vice Adm. James Syring said in a speech at the Center for Strategic International Studies.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Russia has raised concerns that the US ballistic missile defense (BMD) architecture could be used to target Russia’s strategic deterrent. Chinese authorities have raised similar concerns about US BMD systems targeting its nuclear deterrent under the guise of the North Korea threat.

"Later this year, meaning this calendar year, we will fly for the first time an ICBM with countermeasures, and that will be an intercept test," Syring stated on Tuesday.

The United States has been working to develop missile defense systems capable of defeating the long-ranges and high velocities of an ICBM that "would be applicable from a North Korea or Iran type of scenario," Syring explained.

Following the ICBM intercept test in 2016, the MDA will run a similar test using two ground-based interceptors against one ICBM target. In the past five years, the United States has successfully intercepted short and medium-range ballistic missiles.

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  • sepheronx
    Their short range and medium range tests were far from successful. The success rate was roughly less than 40% and recent events between Yemen and Saudi Arabia proves that. Doesnt mean it is a threat but at the same time too, it requires a predictable flight path in order to intercept the missiles and the warheads fly in hypersonic as it is.
  • michael
    well. they have to do something from their pov.
  • mario2015
    If any country/nation/state should be banned or sanctioned it's the U.S. of A followed by Israel, France, Germany Saudi Arabia, Qutar, Bharine and London for they have shown over time that they will use any means be it lies religion massacres tragedies proxies assassinations nuclear boma chemical/biological weapons to stop or eliminate any one who stands in their way to their diabolical plan for the creation of greater israel & their new world order. But that's not going to happen. As their plans are being throated & pulverised one after another and the PSYCOPATHS are unable to comprehend what's happenin to them. There is more much more to come... :)
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