Missile Defense Holds Test from Vandenberg AFB Monday

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Update by Missile Defense Agency
8:00 a.m., March 26, 2019

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, U.S. Northern Command, and elements of the U.S. Air Force Space Command’s 30th, 50th, and 460th Space Wings, conducted a successful test [Monday] against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) class target. This test was the first salvo engagement of a threat-representative ICBM target by two Ground Based Interceptors (GBI), which were designated GBI-Lead, and GBI-Trail for the test. The GBI-Lead destroyed the reentry vehicle, as it was designed to do. The GBI-Trail 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 threat-representative ICBM target was launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, over 4,000 miles away from the two GBI interceptors, which were launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

During the test, space, ground and sea-based BMDS sensors provided real-time target acquisition and tracking data to the Command, Control, Battle Management and Communication (C2BMC) system. The two GBIs were then launched and the Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicles successfully engaged the target complex, resulting in an intercept of the target.

Initial indications show the test met requirements. Program officials will continue to evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.

“This was the first GBI salvo intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target, and it was a critical milestone,” said MDA Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel A. Greaves. “The system worked exactly as it was designed to do, and the results of this test provide evidence of the practicable use of the salvo doctrine within missile defense. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat.”

The GMD element of the ballistic missile defense system provides combatant commanders the capability to engage and destroy intermediate and long-range ballistic missile threats to protect the U.S. The mission of the Missile Defense Agency is to develop and deploy a layered ballistic missile defense system to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies and friends from limited ballistic missile attacks of all ranges in all phases of flight.

Additional information about all elements of the ballistic missile defense system can be found at www.mda.mil.


By an edhat reader
11:30 a.m., March 25, 2019

Were there two missile launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base this morning? I head the rumble and saw the smoke but there wasn't much online about it. Was it a secret launch? This was around 10:30 a.m.

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a-1558869287 Mar 26, 2019 09:19 AM
Missile Defense Holds Test from Vandenberg AFB Monday

They have been trying to perfect this system for years. The Prez gave new money to the program . Essentially trying to hit a bullet with a bullet at 4000 miles. GO AIRFORCE !

a-1558869287 Mar 26, 2019 10:53 AM
Missile Defense Holds Test from Vandenberg AFB Monday

If your hate China so much CW stop buying at Walmart or anything with the Made in China label. No one put a gun to your head to buy the cheap chinese products you and the rest of the MAGA nation folks love so much (talk of hypocrisy!!).

CoastWatch Mar 25, 2019 02:04 PM
Missile Defense Holds Test from Vandenberg AFB Monday

Umm, we are kinda in an economic "war" with China and have been for quite a while... They have been stealing our tech-innovations for years, sending agents (students, yeah really) to our universities, building military bases out of islands in the South China Sea, threatening Taiwan (and for the liberals Tibet) and killing us in trade "wars"... Meanwhile, the uber-elite Chinese are vacationing here with BIG smiles...!

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