President Trump remains committed to maintaining the safety of our nation.
The US Missile Defense Agency has announced that their recent test of The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in Alaska was a huge success. The Defense system is capable of blocking short, medium and intermediate missiles launched by North Korea or others (via CNN).
The test was conducted in the wake of the latest provocation by North Korea as the Communist country continues to test Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) and other short-range missiles.
Defense contractors and military personnel tested the THAAD system deployed in Alaska. They claim it was not related to the July 4 missile tests out of North Korea.
Lockheed Martin, the leading contractor on the THAAD system, claims that the technology is incredibly complicated and is comprised of five major elements: radar, support equipment, fire control unit, launcher, and interceptors.
The THAAD system can detect incoming ballistic missiles and monitor their trajectory. Once the movement of the missile is determined, a “friendly” missile (or interceptor) is launched to collide with the inbound missile.
The interceptor does not have a warhead attached and uses kinetic energy to disrupt incoming missiles. It is similar to shooting a grenade out of the air.
The defense system is not capable of blocking ICBM missiles but can block shorter range missiles launched by North Korea that are capable of striking Alaska.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the government and contractor team who executed this flight test today,” praised 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.”
Another THAAD system was recently installed by Americans along the coast of South Korea to help our close allies stave off potential attacks from their northern neighbors. The success of the test in Alaska should offer some hope to the South Koreans relying on the THAAD system.
However, the future of THAAD in South Korea is uncertain. The system was approved by the former President of South Korea who was ousted in disgrace and is now on trial for corruption.
The new president, Moon Jae-in, prefers a more peaceful approach and is planning to launch an environmental assessment of the life-saving defense system.
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