U.S. tests missile defence system

U.S. tests missile defence system

The Huntsville-based U.S. Missile Defense Agency and soldiers from the 11 Air Defense Artillery Brigade successfully completed a missile defense test Sunday using the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

The United States said it successfully tested its missile defense system in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, two days after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The THAAD element provides a globally-transportable, rapidly-deployable capability to intercept ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their final, or terminal, phase of flight.

This test was expected after a warning from the U.S. Coast Guard last week.

The "Flight Experiment THAAD" test was aimed at gathering "threat data from a THAAD interceptor in flight", according to the United States military.

The weapon was sacked by a U.S. Air Force plane over the Pacific Ocean and intercepted by the system located in Alaska, according to an MDA release.

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Also Saturday, the U.S. Eighth Army and South Korean army personnel conducted a second combined training event to exercise assets.

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

The latest test moves up the timetable of the nation launching a reliable nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile.

A commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said the willing to use "rapid, lethal and overwhelming force" against North Korea if necessary. Against the deployment of this system in South Korea are China and Russian Federation.

The US military conducted the anti-missile test amid rising tensions with North Korea. 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.

Had it been fired at a standard trajectory, the rocket could have reached Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago and would have even had NY and Boston within its sights, according to analysts.