Missile Defense System Takes out Test ICBM Threat

| March 27, 2019

Intercept test, against ICBM target, conducted circa May 2017. (U.S. Missile Defense Agency)

The Missile Defense Agency recently conducted a test of the missile defense system. This test required two Ground-Based Interceptors against a target that served as the ICBM threat. The first hit the target, then the second scanned the results and hit the next biggest target.

From Defense News:

In the Monday test, the lead GBI destroyed the ICBM’s reentry vehicle “as it was designed to do,” according to the agency’s statement.

The trailing GBI “then looked at the resulting debris and remaining objects, and, not finding any other reentry vehicles, selected the next ‘most lethal object’ it could identify, and struck that, precisely as it was designed to do,” the statement adds.

The ICBM target was launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, which is over 4,000 miles away from the GBI interceptors buried in silos in the ground at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The above photo captures the launch of an interceptor during 2017’s test.

One of the big reasons that Vladimir Putin has issues with our missile defense systems is that he fears what we are capable of doing. His theory goes along the lines that the technology for these defense systems would improve to the point that they would be able to intercept “at the point of ICBM launch”… Negating his capabilities.

Consequently, he and others don’t believe the “defense” part of this system.

However, the Chinese and Russians are working to achieve an advantage over us in this and other systems. The ship based laser in AW1ED’s article, and this development, could be added to the list of “good news” that we’ve been receiving over the past few days.

You can read details here.

Category: Nukes

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    This capability has been described as ‘hitting a bullet with another bullet’ and is incredibility difficult to to. Hat’s off to the MDA for pulling this off- Russia and China are watching.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      “…Russia and China are watching.”

      Absolutely, and I bet North Korea and Iran as well.

      • Outcast says:

        Interesting new technology, seems very effective, so now the big guys are watching us and we are watching them. Makes one wonder what little guy, who is not on the radar, who is also watching and scheming and designing.

  2. Comm Center Rat says:

    Impressive missile system advances however, I’m not convinced this technology would adequately defend against Marvin the Martian’s Q-36 Illudium Explosive Space Modulator.

    • USAF RET says:

      “Where’s the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom! This makes me very angry, very angry indeed.”

      • Outcast says:

        You were at wrong end of mission for the kaboom, super secret camera’s at Kwajalein pictures are classified so only way to see kaboom was to be on the island. Nope, sorry, I pass on that island cruise, body hates loud kaboom’s. 2 were plenty enough from the long past.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      We have a wascally wabbit that is OIC of the defences against Marvin and his Q-36. No worries there. As we all know, the supplier for the Q-36 is Acme and the designer is Mr. Wile E. Coyote.

      Myself, personally, am impressed with the theory and reality of a bullet hitting a bullet. Keep up the research and development. Think how much further along this technology would be if some of the same congress critters that are still in office today had not fought against this research 20/30 years ago. When it comes to the defence of the homeland,….bring every weapon to bear.

    • Mark RM1, USN ret says:

      Where’s my KABOOM?!

  3. Outcast says:

    Speaking of these anti congress folks, saw a little of her royal hind-asses speech as to health care plan from the president and seemed to me she kinds acted and looked like she tapped her bottom drawer stash or is she trying to suck up and get herself out of an oncoming bulls-eye. Hopefully if things happen she will find out that it sucks to be a Obuttwipe/ bitch-ilton puppet.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Glad to see my tax dollars being put to good use. If it worries Vlad, that makes me even happier.

  5. Jumping Jehoshaphat and shades of “Guided Missiles”, Cuff Links, Dootone 1957.

  6. David says:

    But- but – but all of Washington is in Putin’s pocket due to Trump? How could this be?

  7. Slow Joe says:

    OMG, did our Era score just go up with one more Era point?
    This is most certainly an Historic Moment worth at least one Era point.
    Golden Age coming up!

    (Too bad we cannot get an Heroic Age since we have been on a Golden Age for the last 100 turns)

  8. Roh-Dog says:

    How much did THIS cost?!
    How far is this program behind schedule?!?
    What is the environmental impact?!??!??
    Wait, what’s that? The Reagan Test Site?
    Sheeeet, you SHOULDA led with that! CARRY ON!