U.S. to test THAAD missile defence system

Missile Defense

Following the successful North Korean ICBM test earlier in the week, the United States has announced its intention to carry out a new test of their THAAD missile defense system, an attempt to shoot down an IRBM simulating an attack around the THAADs in Alaska.

The radar first detects an incoming missile, those manning the system identify the threat then a launcher mounted to a truck fires a projectile, which Lockheed Martin calls an "interceptor", at the ballistic missile in the hopes of destroying it using kinetic energy, the CNN has reported. The test takes on greater significance after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this week.

The test is not something new following the North Korean test launch of a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) earlier this week.

It is a ground-based missile defence system that works against short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles at the terminal stage of flight.

Meanwhile in a show of force against North Korea, South Korea and the U.S. staged deep strike precision missile firing drills on Wednesday. The test was planned months before the July 4 launch that has increased concerns from the world towards Pyongyang.




Johnson added: "The test is designated as Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-18".

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the long-range heavy bombers flew close to the tense and heavily militarised land border with the North before turning back.

In a joint statement, the US, Japan and South Korea said the resolution aims to demonstrate "that there are serious consequences for its destabilising, provocative, and escalatory actions".

That led the Pentagon to upgrade its assessment of America's ability to defend against a small number of ICBMs.

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