Could THAADs Successful Intercept Deter North Korea?

July 14, 2017


The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency together with the United States Army has successfully engaged a “threat representative” intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) target with a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery on July 11. The THAAD intercept comes on the heels of a recent successful North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the government and contractor team who executed this flight test today,” MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said in a July 11 statement.
“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.”
During the test—called Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-18—a U.S. Air Force operated Boeing C-17 airlifter air launched a ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii. An 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade operated THAAD battery located in Kodiak, Alaska, then detected, tracked and intercepted the IRBM target…

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