Australia to Speed Missile Defense Development, Turnbull Says

Beth Cruz
July 10, 2017

The test was planned months before the July 4 launch that has increased concerns from the world towards Pyongyang. The THAAD is based at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, a Department of Defence official told CNN late Friday.

The exercise on Saturday aimed to "sternly respond to the series of North Korea's ballistic missile launches", the South's air force said. "North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear& ballistic missile programmes and proliferation links pose grave threat to worldwide peace".

In response, USA and South Korean soldiers fired ballistic missiles simultaneously in a drill on Wednesday, simulating an attack on the North's leadership "as a strong message of warning", the South's military said at the time.

Each Thaad system has five major components: interceptors, launchers, a radar, a fire control unit and support equipment, according to Lockheed Martin, the security and aerospace company that serves as the prime contractor for the equipment.

Due to climbing tensions with North Korea, the United States will run a test of the THAAD missile defense system.

Johnson added: "The test is designated as Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-18".

The interceptor will be fired from Alaska and will take place "in the coming days", the agency reported.

Earlier in July, Moscow and Beijing called on Washington to immediately halt the deployment of THAAD in South Korea.

THAAD is not created to stop an ICBM - that job is left primarily to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor system.

However, the intent on protecting South Korea, Japan, and Alaska from potential missile attack.

That led the Pentagon to upgrade its assessment of America's ability to defend against a small number of ICBMs.

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