US Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile In Latest THAAD Missile Test

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.


UndergroundPost TahoeBilly2012 Tue, 07/11/2017 - 08:52 Permalink

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.

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MrBoompi UndergroundPost Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:22 Permalink

"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.  

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HalinCA (not verified) UndergroundPost Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:53 Permalink

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.

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Zepper Tue, 07/11/2017 - 08:24 Permalink

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.

Conscious Reviver EuroPox Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:13 Permalink

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.

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Buck Johnson Tue, 07/11/2017 - 08:26 Permalink

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 Buck Johnson Tue, 07/11/2017 - 08:36 Permalink

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…

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Burrito Coverings Buck Johnson Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:49 Permalink

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. 

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flapdoodle logicalman Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:54 Permalink

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.

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