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Flight Test Evaluates New Thrusters for the Ground-Based Interceptor

New thrusters system designed for the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) of the Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) missile have passed an important validation test yesterday. The planned test that was originally scheduled for late 2015 did not include a target intercept. The test evaluated the CE-II EKV that demonstrated the performance of alternate divert thrusters in a flight environment. It also performed end-to-end discrimination of a complex target scene through the GMD fire control loop. The next flight test will conduct full intercept of a target simulating an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICMB).

Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV) Begins to Take Shape

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Raytheon have completed the first Program Planning Review on the future Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV) concept, a key step toward defining critical aspects of its design. This milestone ensures that the development plan is aligned with the MDA's expectations, and on track for an upcoming Concept Review in December.

US ballistic missile defense interceptor scores a direct hit in space

The US Missile Defense Agency has validated today the newest generation of ground based interceptor (GBI) interceptor designed to defend the United States from a possible intercontinental ballistic missile attack from North Korea.

High Noon Sunday!

By Riki Ellison Sunday at high noon out of Vandenberg AFB, California provides a window of opportunity to test and demonstrate the reliability of the...

Update: GMD Interceptor fails to hit missile target over the Pacific

Over the Pacific Ocean today the United States missed a long-range ballistic missile in an operationally realistic test with its first generation Ground-Based Interceptor...

How Effective Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense is Against Countermeasures?

While the US administration openly stated confidence in its Ground Based Interceptors (GBI), research analysts from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) warn that such weapons may not be sufficient to protect from a deliberate attack launched by North Korea, since the current level of missile defense technology has not matured yet to the level enabling the defense systems to engage realistic-complex targets, or discriminate between real decoys and real warheads

Alaska’s Ground Based Interceptors to Pivot US Defenses Against North...

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced yesterday the increase in the number of Ground Based Interceptors to be positioned in Alaska, and the planned deployment of a second TPY-2 radar to Japan, two immediate steps to better protect the United States of America from potential missile attacks from North Korea and Iran. The US is also scaling down the European Missile Defense program, by limiting the system’s interceptors against intercontinental ballistic missiles, a step that could pave the way for further agreements between Washington and Moscow.

Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Resumes Testing Of the Ground Based Interceptor

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency resumed testing the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system yesterday, launching the GMD interceptor on a successful flight. The missile...

North Korea Unveil Limited-Range Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

The KN-08 missile (also known locally as ‘Hwaseong 13’) was unveiled on a military march in Pyongyang April 15, 2012. The missile will be able to deliver a nuclear warhead over 5,400 - 7,500 km distance, reaching targets such as Guam, Hawaii or even Alaska and the City of Seattle in Washington State in the Continental USA.

U.S. Missile Interceptor Fails on Missile Defense Test

The U.S. missile defense system failed an intercept test earlier today, as a Ground Based Interceptor failed to destroy an intermediate-range ballistic missile target...