The Missile Defense Agency and soldiers of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, conducted a successful missile defense test today using the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, according to a Missile Defense Agency news release. A rocket launched from a us military aircraft C-17 Globemaster III over the Pacific ocean were successfully detected, tracked and intercepted by a missile defense system.
American forces successfully tried out Sunday a missile interception system the U.S. hopes to set up on the Korean peninsula, military officials said following a trial just days after North Korea's second test of an ICBM.
The data collected will improve the Missile Defense Agency's "ability to stay ahead of the evolving threat", MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said in the agency's statement.
Though such exercises are planned months in advance, this one comes after North Korea test-fired the intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday.
"The whole U.S. mainland" is now within reach, state media quoted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as saying.
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.
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.More news: US FDA aims to cut nicotine in cigarettes, ease e-cigarette rules
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THAAD is a ground-based missile defense system.
It comes after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 6,500 miles on Friday night - far enough to reach major USA cities.
This is the second time in the month the US has tested the THAAD system.
U.S. President Donald Trump criticized China and his predecessors Saturday night on Twitter. The People's Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un was cited as saying that the test reaffirmed the country's ability to range the "entire" United States mainland with its weapons, the Guardian reported.
He assured that the USA will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect its allies in the region. It has also been deployed to Guam and South Korea.
North Korea said the United States should regard its latest test as a "grave warning", Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency said in a statement.