"With this successful test, the THAAD system continues to prove its ability to intercept and destroy many classes of the ballistic missile threat to protect citizens, deployed forces, allies and global partners around the globe".
The drill was previously scheduled in June and comes a week after North Korea successfully test-launched an intermediate range ballistic missile capable of hitting Alaska. "This test further demonstrates the capabilities of the THAAD weapon system and its ability to intercept and destroy ballistic missile threats".
"The successful demonstration of THAAD against an IRBM-range missile threat bolsters the country's defensive capability against developing missile threats in North Korea and other countries around the globe and contributes to the broader strategic deterrence architecture", MDA said in the statement.
Radar first detects the launching rocket, those who deal with the system identify the threat, which Lockheed Martin calls the "interceptor" in a ballistic missile, in the hope of destroying it with Kinetic energy.
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In the wake of the ICBM test, the USA military and intelligence communities began to take a second look at the latest intelligence about North Korea's nuclear warhead program, according to two USA defense officials. "I must assume his claims are true - I know his aspirations certainly are". Their presence is strongly opposed by China, Russia, and North Korea, who say THAAD is fueling the arms race.
The system also has critics in South Korea.
The Moon has suspended the use of THAAD in the expectation of an environmental impact assessment.
In May, the Pentagon successfully shot down an intercontinental ballistic missile using its own upgraded long-range interceptor missile.
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