American missile intercept system tests successful
00:24, Jul 31, 2017
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U.S. forces carried out a successful test Sunday of a missile-interception system, military officials said.
USA officials say they've successfully conducteda missile defense test using a medium-range ballistic missile. A THAAD weapons system located at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, detected, tracked and intercepted the target, according to a Missile Defense Agency press release.
The test came the same day that two U.S. supersonic B-1 bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula, following joint military drills with Japan, in a show-of-force response to North Korea's test-fire of what Washington deemed the isolated nation's second intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday.
"In addition to successfully intercepting the target, the data collected will allow [the Missile Defense Agency] to enhance the THAAD weapon system, our modeling and simulation capabilities, and our ability to stay ahead of the evolving threat", said the agency's director, Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves.
The tests appears to be a show of force two days after North Korea conducted an intercontinental ballistic missile test. A North Korean news outlet called Friday's launch a "grave warning" to the U.S.
North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Hwasong-14 being lauched at an undisclosed place in North Korea, July 28, 2017.
THAAD is a ground-based missile defense system. The last time the US tested THAAD, earlier this month, it said it successfully intercepted an intermediate-range missile target.
A commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said the U.S.is willing to use "rapid, lethal and overwhelming force" against North Korea if necessary. North Korea can use these missiles against its neighbors, specifically South Korea and Japan.
U.S., President Donald Trump had condemned the launch branding it as "reckless and dangerous".
Hours later, the USA then flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force after the North Korean missile tests, the Air Force said in a statement on Sunday. It is reported that this was the fifteenth successful test of this system.
He assured that the US will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect its allies in the region.
Parts of the THAAD defense system were brought into South Korea under the government of ousted President Park Geun-Hye. It has also been deployed to Guam and South Korea.
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