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Simulated missile threat intercepted in test
cnn ^ | 6-23-2014 | Shelby Lin Erdman

Posted on 06/23/2014 11:01:51 AM PDT by Citizen Zed

The U.S. military successfully conducted a test of the Ballistic Missile Defense System in a joint military exercise on Sunday, the Pentagon confirmed in a statement.

"This is a very important step in our continuing efforts to improve and increase the reliability of our homeland Ballistic Missile Defense System," Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. James D. Syring said in the statement.

A long-range, ground-based interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and successfully intercepted a simulated incoming ballistic missile threat launched from a test site on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, colliding over the Pacific Ocean.

The Pentagon says initially it appears that all the systems and components performed as expected.

The agency says it will spend the next several months conducting an extensive evaluation based upon telemetry and other data it got during the test.

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No words of congratulations yet from the late Senator Ted Kennedy.
1 posted on 06/23/2014 11:01:51 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

A total waste of taxpayer money for a system that could never possibly work


2 posted on 06/23/2014 11:12:15 AM PDT by frithguild (The warmth and goodness of Gaia is a nuclear reactor in the Earth's core that burns Thorium)
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To: Citizen Zed

A simulated incoming missile... Okay...


3 posted on 06/23/2014 11:18:46 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Citizen Zed

One out of six...


4 posted on 06/23/2014 11:22:10 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Citizen Zed

We are going to need huge laser cannons up an down each coast.


5 posted on 06/23/2014 11:23:12 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Citizen Zed
Good!

Let's install one in Poland

... and another one in the Czech Republic.

6 posted on 06/23/2014 11:48:05 AM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: BenLurkin
How about along the southern boarder, linked to ground surveillance radar?
7 posted on 06/23/2014 11:50:23 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Resolute Conservative

A simulated incoming missile?

Is this like me winning a simulated lotto?


8 posted on 06/23/2014 11:54:39 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Citizen Zed

You missed one!

9 posted on 06/23/2014 11:55:13 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: BenLurkin
We are going to need huge laser cannons up an down each coast.

More likely to come in on a polar trajectory.

10 posted on 06/23/2014 11:58:05 AM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Mouton

Not quite, it was a real missile, simulating a threat.
http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122525


11 posted on 06/23/2014 12:02:06 PM PDT by messierhunter
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To: steve86

Yes, though I’m thinking those will be easier to intercept with missiles.

But sea launched nukes will come on too fast.


12 posted on 06/23/2014 12:05:38 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: messierhunter

Thanks for that correction...glad to see it works.


13 posted on 06/23/2014 12:09:58 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Citizen Zed

“The Sea-Based X-Band radar also tracked the target and relayed information to the GMD fire control system to assist in the target engagement and collect test data.”

Read & weep: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-based_X-band_Radar


14 posted on 06/23/2014 1:19:24 PM PDT by Western Phil
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