US Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile In Latest THAAD Missile Test

Tyler Durden's picture

The U.S. successfully test fired a THAAD anti-ballistic missile system on Tuesday from Alaska that intercepted a target missile launched from an Air Force Cargo plane north of Hawaii, Fox news reported. The drill, which was scheduled in June, comes a week after North Korea successfully test-launched an intermediate, not intercontinental as it previously claimed, range ballistic missile capable of hitting Alaska. This was the 14th consecutive successful test of the THAAD, which has had a perfect record on each of the previous 13 intercepts.

The THAAD system, recently deployed in South Korea, is used to intercept short and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. It does not target intercontinental ballistic missiles;

"I couldn't be more proud of the government and contractor team who executed this flight test today," said Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves. "This test further demonstrates the capabilities of the THAAD weapon system and its ability to intercept and destroy ballistic missile threats. THAAD continues to protect our citizens, deployed forces and allies from a real and growing threat."

Fox News was told it will be a few hours before imagery and video are released.

Soldiers from the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade on Kodiak conducted launcher using the same procedures they would use in an actual combat scenario, the statement read. Soldiers operating the equipment were not aware of the actual target launch time.

The latest US show of force comes days after two US B-1 bombers flew to the Korean Peninsula from Guam to conduct a mock bombing run using dummy bombs on Saturday escorted by South Korean and later Japanese fighter jets. North Korea threatened a global nuclear holocaust in retaliation. The US also launched short range surface-to-surface missiles from South Korea hours after the North Korean missile test on July 4.

Last week, both China and Russia urged the US to dismantle the existing THAAD installations in South Korea, over concerns these may shift the regional balance of power.

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silverer's picture

Oboy. Now the US can confidently engage in nuclear warfare on a regular basis. "Progress".

svayambhu108's picture

BS is polution on an intelectual level it creeples us and the civlization.

UndergroundPost's picture

THAAD success still doesn't compensate for CHINA's responsibility.

The very DISHONORABLE Communist CHINESE Government (which still has the blood of 50 – 100 million of its own citizens on its red Maoist hands) tries to weasel out of responsibility for its fat little slave, Kim Un & his national gulag, North Korea.

Let’s see, China facilitates 70% + of North Korea’s trade, holds up its destitute economy via front banks and companies and provides them with military & nuclear technology. The “China Responsibility Theory” is not a theory, it is a fact. Communist North Korea only EXISTS because Communist China makes it so.

Like a little boy caught with his hand in the cookie jar, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman turns red faced and scrambles for excuses:

"Recently, certain people, talking about the Korean peninsula nuclear issue, have been exaggerating and giving prominence to the so-called 'China responsibility theory,'" Geng told a daily news briefing, without naming any parties.

"I think this either shows lack of a full, correct knowledge of the issue, or there are ulterior motives for it, trying to shift responsibility," he added.

China has been making unremitting efforts and has played a constructive role, but all parties have to meet each other half way, Geng said.

"Asking others to do work, but doing nothing themselves is not OK," he added. "Being stabbed in the back is really not OK."

Until China RENOUNCES its intellectually bankrupt Marxism/Maoism/Leninism & joins the real world, THAAD will only have a minimum benefit.

Nexus789's picture

As if the US  has never done anything wrong. All those wars and millions dead must be a figment of the rest of the world's imagination. 

Oh regional Indian's picture

Exactly my friend.

ALso, the headline should read: US Department of Extreme CGI, Colluding with the Pentagram Ministry of Lies, Confirmed the Suck-Cess of the THAAD intercept....

Manthong's picture


THAAD is the reason the fat little F in N Korea is F’d and the Russians are hard at work with a supersonic counter-threat.

Hmm, speaking of supersonic...

..these little M855 steel thingies I’ve been loading up on in are still supersonic at 500 yards.



Déjà view's picture

Pugsley would have launched another ICBM were it not for...
Misplacing their only handcrank to engage inertia starter...



30 06 match at 800 yards is a real bad hair day for the target. 

60 year old ammo, 75 year old rifle, iron sights.

Old fucker behind the sights.

Practice, practice, practice.  

Ricki13th's picture

When will the US stop sowing chaos around the world like Ukraine and creating/funding extremists to prop up the poppy fields.

Nexus789's picture

Not while there is money in it. 

MrBoompi's picture

"The very DISHONORABLE Communist CHINESE Government (which still has the blood of 50 – 100 million of its own citizens on its red Maoist hands)"

You may have forgotten, if you ever knew, the US was largely responsible for China turning communist.  The US establishment promoted the communist movement as agrarian in nature, while they trashed the Chinese nationalists in the media.  We wanted China to fall into communist hands, and we were mislead.  If the communist Chinese government has blood on its hands, so does the US.  A post like yours leaves out many key aspects of US-China history, but of course you must do this in order to make your point.  I, for one, think you're full of shit.  

HalinCA's picture

What an arrogant fool you are.  You probaly think we need to convince Muslims to stop stoning their women to death too.

Let's leave the rest of the world to eating dog meat, slaughtering tigers for the aphrodisiac properties, circumcizing their little girls, and bascally ignore them.

And what kind of system do you think China has now, with all those capitalist firms supplying us with our iPads anyway? 

Do you think they still wear uniforms everywhere?

WTF do you know about HONOR?  At least the Chinese limit their atrocities to their own people.  Is that that less or more honorable than slaughtering people not in your own country? 

Ignorant fool.


In carefully scripted testing, they are still running less than 50% success versus failure. 

Missing half the incoming is no fucking brag sheet item, assholes.  

veritas semper vinces's picture

It does not matter. It intercepted an American missile.Not a Russian one(it CAN NOT INTERCEPT the Russian ones).


Zepper's picture

These are flawed systems. To easy to evade and to easy to overwhelm. Send up 50-100 accurate missles and the system can only knock down a few at best. Its a really really bad system. Gives very very false confidence and is only a deterent to morons that dont know how it works.

cossack55's picture

Kinda like the Patriot Pak 2

c2nnib2l's picture

well..that's the only system out there and I don't think Kim got so many icbm's but US for sure got many thads. its better to have some protection rather than no protection at all

EuroPox's picture

Yeah, and it works great when you have a few weeks notice of the exact time and place of launch of the incoming.

Conscious Reviver's picture

They're  throwing up softballs. Back in the day, the rail launched drone had to "land" in a net to make a milestone. Difficult. Solution, build a berm. Back up the truck carrying the rail onto the berm until the rail is horizontal. Position catching net in front of rail. Launch drone straight off the rail and into the net,  meet milestone, collect doe, do not pass Go, etc.

As with the zato zystems in E.Europe, neighboring states fear that offensive missles, directed at them can be brought in and deployed without detection into these "defensive" sites.

totenkopf88's picture

Kind of like Israel's Iron Dome shooting down Hamas' bottle rockets

Nexus789's picture

Did not the isreals spend millions of US taxpayer money  to make the US stuff vaguely work. 

RedBaron616's picture

50-100 BALLISTIC MISSILES? Certainly North Korea doesn't have anywhere near that number. Once you reach that stage, you are very close to full nuclear war.

BandGap's picture

Probably designed to concentrate and protect an area if multiple warheads are launched.

Hmmm, wonder which ones of us would be considered expendable if they had to protect, say, an underground bunker area.

Nexus789's picture

You forgot the potential for the jamming of coms and radar..

Omen IV's picture

Im sure the US would apologize to the residents of Seoul when they are wasted by the incoming barrage of ordinance due to US experiment gone bad in real environment

HalinCA's picture

All these ABM systems are trip wires ... all can be overwhelmed by a concentrated attack. 

But they guarantee that the attacker will be massively obliterated by our response, if we have balls enough to do it.

GotAFriendInBen's picture

Why the fuk would we abandon a purely defensive system so as not to "upset the balance of power."


Conscious Reviver's picture

Not strictly defensive. Look into it.

Buck Johnson's picture

How much you want to be that the bomb/missile had a radar transponder on it (makes it easier to hit) and/or it was a known and planned trajectory meaning no tactical movements to thwart being detected or hit. 

Remember their ICBM missile defense test over 10 years ago was only a success because they had a radar transponder on it so that the missile could home in on the target.


JohninMK's picture

Good comment but there are other problems, you really need to know pretty much where the target is.

For the interceptors to be truly effective, commanders have to position the launchers near potential targets, along likely flight paths, pointed opposite where the warheads might fall. Based on publicly available information, the weapon can only pinpoint and fire at targets in an 120-degree cone and over a finite range. Not just that, but THAAD has not been thoroughly tested or lacks engagement capability against targets that fly extreme apogee flight profiles, a tactic North Korea could use to hit targets in Seoul and military bases not too far south of the DMZ.

Chapter and verse at

Conscious Reviver's picture

For Russians, this missle v. missle approach is becoming passe. They have better ideas. Look up Khibiny. Wm. Engdahl touches on it in the link.

logicalman's picture

How does anyone really know whether it was a 'successful' intercept?

Do you believe gov/military when they say it was?????

ICBMs have decoys and mirvs. Hitting a single target is hardly a real (end of the) world test.

Burrito Coverings's picture

The 2001 GMD test with the C-band transponder had that because the range lacked radar to develop early track. Once the EKV was released there were no updates available based on the transponder. You do get that the challenging part of hit-to-kill missile defense is the end game and we are using OPTICAL sensors for that, not radar guided systems.  I'll address a few of your other points of confusion while I'm at it. Was it a planned trajectory, yes, it is a test, of course it is all planned, outcomes are predicted, simulated extensively. That doesn't mean the system knows what is coming however. The radar has to do its job irrespective of how well planned the test is and that means scanning a search field, referred to as a fence and successfully developing target track after acquisition. No amount of "tactical movements" (the word is "maneuvers") are going to prevent detection through an X-band beam fence set up by THAAD.  Maneuvers later in flight would all have to be pre-programmed and would bleed energy needed for range. Maneuvers after booster sep would require a post-boost vehicle to change trajectory, but again there is nothing telling the threat missile when or where it is going to be intercepted so dodging the interceptor if off the table, in part because THAAD can outmaneuver pretty much anything, certainly anything fat boy Kim can chuck at us.  

To other people's points about limited field of regard on the radar and how it is deployed with threat trajectories in mind, yeah... uh, this is a theater defense system, that's how they work.

Regards, Burrito Coverings.


Lost in translation's picture

US continuing to (try to) perfect first-strike capability.

McStain and Senator Sodomite giggle like pre-teen girls at the thought of global nuclear war, soon to come...

NoWayJose's picture

And even if the THAAD system missed, we still had the self-destruct button on the target missile!

Ricki13th's picture

The US ramping up there military testing in regards to NK. But in the same breath says Nk can't test missiles or conduct a nuke test. 

Stan522's picture

Great, but I understand the missile speed has a drastically reduced speed, thus making it easier..... how about at full speed?

silverer's picture

The Russians, and I suppose the Chinese, have evasive MIRV's in their inventory. Can't hit something so easily (or at all at this point) that randomly fluctuates its course.

NoWayJose's picture

Smells like an emissions test from a German diesel car!

Mr.BlingBling's picture

So can launch ballistic missiles from cargo planes, and presumably from anywhere on earth.

That'd come in real handy for a False Flag EMP attack.

autofixer's picture

That was the revelation to me, not the THAAD intercept.  

logicalman's picture

The Israelis are touting a missile system that fits in a standard shipping container.


flapdoodle's picture

Only because the Israelis stole the concept from the Russiand, who have had the system for MANY years... there are a number of youtube videos showing the concept, which likely evolved from missiles on trains. One of the mainstays of Russian deterence is ICBMs on railroad cars. Any idea how much railroad track there is in Russia? Hint - alot.

spanish inquisition's picture

How does that work when a short range missile is launched off the coast of California from a sub?.

silverer's picture

I wondered how does that work when about 50 short range missiles mixed with decoys are launched off the coast of California from a sub accompanied by a volley of cruise missiles launched from the air. But don't worry. I'm sure the US leadership is anxious to try it all out, so unfortunately, we'll all get to find out.

kw2012's picture

They keep saying NK can target Alaska, but who wants to bomb Alaska.  Can you say EMP? Or maybe Chicago, NY and LA