The United States successfully performed its first-ever missile defense test, with an implementation which is an attack on California by a ballistic projectile.
The test took place at Vandenberg Air Force Base. It started around 1 pm. It was announced as a successful mission one hour later.
The test proves that the US is cautious and wary whilst facing North Korea’s threats.
In only three weeks, Pyongyang has test-fired three ballistic projectiles showing that has nuclear control and missile arsenals to fight the US military threats.
Details about the successful test
“We improve and learn from each test, regardless of the outcome. That’s the reason we conduct them,” Pentagon’s spokesperson, Captain Jeff Davis, said.
“The system that we test today is a developmental system that’s being flown for the first time and we look forward to understanding the results so we continue to mature the system and stay ahead of the threat,” Davis added.
In January, The Pentagon’s Weapons Testing Office revealed an assessment that was made in 2016. The assessment said the US interceptors on the ground, aimed to destroy any ICBM, aren’t totally reliable.
Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance Riki Ellison nicknamed the test as “vital.”
“We are replicating our ability to defend the United States of America from North Korea, today,” he stated.
US and North Korea Missiles Tests
The US’ succeeded by hitting its target in nine of 17 tests against projectiles since 1999. The latest test was in 2014, and it wasn’t against an ICBM.
The past year witnessed North Korea who drastically increased its missile tests aiming with to develop an ICBM that can attack the US.
The United States’ continent is about 5,500 miles away from North Korea. Additionally, ICBMs range is around 3,400 miles, however, some of them are created to travel up to 6,200 miles.