Tuesday, 11 July 2017

US Missile Hits Test Target As North Korea Tension Rises

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The United States said Tuesday it shot down simulated medium - range ballistic missiles similar to those developed by countries like North Korea in a new test on US defense.

On July 4, as North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile launch raised concerns over North Korea's threats, a few months before the planned US missile defense test on the Pacific became important.

This test was the first test of the terminal bulletin area defense system for IRBM. Experts say it is faster and more difficult than a short-range missile.

The US missile defense agency said the IRBM was designed to act similar to a missile that could threaten the United States.

"The successful demonstration of THAAD against the missile threats in the IRBM range reinforces the nation's ability to defend against missile threats from North Korea and other countries," the statement said.

In a recent test, THAAD in Kodiak, Alaska, intercepted a ballistic missile target fired from a C-17 aircraft flying north of Hawaii, the statement said in a statement.

THAAD has 100% track records for all 14 intercept attempts since the flight test began only 10 years ago with this success.

Lockheed Martin Corp, the main contractor of the THAAD system, said it could intercept incoming missiles in and out of the Earth's atmosphere.

The United States deployed THAAD this year in Korea to defend North Korea 's short - range missiles. It led to strong Chinese criticism. China 's powerful radar can exploit its territory.

Earlier this month, Moscow and Beijing urged a joint statement urging Washington to cease deploying THAAD immediately.

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