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US to Test Anti-ICBM System in 2015: Missile Defense Agency

© AP Photo / Czarek SokolowskiThe United States scheduled a test to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for 2015, while remaining committed to a long-term improvement of missile defense capability. Archiv photo.
The United States scheduled a test to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for 2015, while remaining committed to a long-term improvement of missile defense capability. Archiv photo. - Sputnik International
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Director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Vice Adm. James Syring stated that United States scheduled a test to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for 2015.

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WASHINGTON, December 15 (Sputnik) The United States scheduled a test to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for 2015, while remaining committed to a long-term improvement of missile defense capability, director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Vice Adm. James Syring told Sputnik on Monday.

"We're testing against an ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] next year and there are seven more tests between now and 2024," Syring said. "We want more capability. We want more capacity."

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He noted that currently the United States "absolutely" has the capability to intercept an adversary's intercontinental ballistic missile.

The future ICBM tests will challenge the accuracy and capability of the US Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, and are primarily focused on the defense of the US homeland, the MDA director said in a Monday speech at the Center for Strategic International Studies.

The United States is concluding plans to complete the installation of 14 ground-based interceptors (GBIs) by 2015, putting the total number of US GBIs at 44. The interceptors will provide an upgrade to the US ground-based missile defense system, originally fielded in 2004, according to the MDA.

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