Fifth THAAD Missile Test Deemed a Success
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, working in concert with Lockheed Martin, successfully conducted a test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System in Hawaii last night. The intercept was the fifth successful test for THAAD system in five attempts.
KGMB9 News noted that this was first time the military needed to identify a mock warhead that separated from booster rockets. “Six minutes later,” the station reported, “an interceptor was launched from the Pacific Missile Range. It hit the mock warhead destroying it.” See the video at right.
“Preliminary indications are that planned flight test objectives were achieved,” the agency reported in a release from Lt. Gen. Henry “Trey” Obering. “This test involved the intercept of a separating target (mock warhead separated from the booster rockets) in the ‘midendoatmosphere’ (inside the earth’s atmosphere). The target, representing a threat ballistic missile, was launched from a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft flying over the Pacific Ocean at 4:16 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time (10:16 p.m. EDT). Approximately six minutes later the interceptor missile was launched from a mobile THAAD launcher on the range facility.”
One additional THAAD test is scheduled at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, by the end of the year.
“This successful mission once again proves THAAD’s outstanding performance, this time against a new target type. The THAAD Team has again met the challenge and delivered mission success,” said Tom McGrath, program manager and vice president for THAAD at Lockheed Martin. “As we meet our increasing flight test objectives, the protection THAAD will provide to our Warfighters, friends and allies around the world becomes more significant.”