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Video shows successful missile-intercept test over Pacific

13 Juin 2017

The US military cheered a successful, first-ever missile defence test involving a simulated attack by a mock intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), in a major milestone for a programme meant to defend against a mounting North Korean threat.

Meanwhile, North Korea has warned today that it is prepared to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at any time, as the United States successfully tested a system created to intercept them. "This test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat".

"The US government plans to strengthen its missile defense to protect the mainland by deploying additional 8 interceptors in Alaska, bringing the total to 44 nationwide by the end of 2017". He said it "flew at a higher altitude and longer range and higher velocity than any other target we've flown to date".

The Pentagon has confirmed that it has successfully completed an intercontinental ballistic missile interception test from its California base aimed at ensuring the effectiveness of the anti-missile system amid growing tensions with North Korea.

On Monday, the country carried out its third test in three weeks, described as a successful test of a short-range ballistic missile.

The interceptor missile carried an upgraded "kill vehicle", says CNN, which carries no explosives - neither in test nor operation - but obliterates the missile it targets exclusively by colliding with it.

The U.S. military on Tuesday conducted a flight test to exercise the ground-based mid-course defence element of the nation's ballistic missile defence system.

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The BMDS' GMD element works to help US combatant commanders engage long-range and intermediate ballistic missile threats. It was not a mock-up of an actual North Korean ICBM, and details of its exact capabilities weren't made public.

The last time the U.S. launched an intercept test was in June 2014 and it was successful.

Syring said the test is estimated to have cost $244 million.

This was announced in an official statement the missile defense Agency of the United States.

The goal of having a reliable defense against long-range missiles has taken on added urgency with North Korea's vow to threaten the USA with a nuclear-armed missile.

The Pentagon has other elements of missile defense that have shown to be more reliable, although they are created to work against medium-range or shorter-range ballistic missiles.

Video shows successful missile-intercept test over Pacific