THAAD shoots down first IRBM over Alaska

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The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system has successfully shot down a target over Alaska, in the system’s first intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) intercept, according to the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

THAAD managed to shoot down the IRBM target launched from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak, Alaska, on Tuesday, the MDA said in a statement cited by Reuters.

“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,” the MDA said in the statement.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the government and contractor team who executed this flight test today,” MDA director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said, as quoted by Fox News. “This test further demonstrates the capabilities of the THAAD weapon system and its ability…

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