the Pentagon said, this experiment showed that the U.S. military's land-based strategic missile in the "good working condition," operational performance remains good. This is the Vandenberg Air Force Base since 1957, the launch of the first 1900 meeting missile work. Analysts said the U.S. military successfully tested a missile defense system for strategic missile launch immediately after the experiment, only one purpose, to demonstrate outside Washington, the "contradictions" are very strong.
6 16, the U.S. military has in the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, tested the "militia" -3 ballistic missile and hit the target. At that time, the missile carries a data collection for the W-87 nuclear warhead, "Test Equipment."
"militia" -3 U.S. land-based strategic nuclear missile is the backbone of combat forces and military service around 2020. This is the first with a hand guided the United States multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missiles, the U.S. Air Force since 1970. The missile uses inertial guidance NS-20 all formula warheads, each parent has three bullet shells built first, powered by three solid rocket motors, from a fixed silo launchers, a range of 9800-13000 km.
Earlier, the U.S. military on June 28 near the middle of the night in the Hawaii Range successful intercept test of the missile defense system. It is reported that the U.S. military fired a ground-based interceptor shot down a short-range sea-launched ballistic missile platform. Pentagon Missile Defense Agency, said the task force does not undertake to intercept this missile to master the specific launch time, so the work of the interception was "quite successful."
The interceptor missile launched by the U.S. Department of "end of the high-altitude missile defense system" an important part. The system consists of floating radar platform and sea-based ABM component. 29-day trial, U.S. interceptors in the "so far the lowest" high on the shooting down incoming missiles. This is the "end of the high-altitude missile defense system" to carry out section 7 of the trial, after the success of all 6 tests.
However, this system because of "insufficient range", can only shoot down medium-range and short-range missiles, still unable to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles. Relevant information, "the end of high-altitude missile defense system" is mainly to "the missile hit the missile" approach, in the enemy ballistic missile re-entry occasion, and destroy them. U.S. Navy's "Aegis" cruisers are sea-based launch platform of the system.
the Pentagon said that once the enemy missile launches successfully broken the "terminal high-altitude missile defense systems" positions, the U.S. military can also use the "Patriot" anti-aircraft missiles to intercept the enemy about to hit the target ballistic missiles (the last line of defense). The U.S. military said the missile defense system is used against ballistic missiles that North Korea and Iran. Currently, only U.S. native with interceptor missiles in Alaska and California launch.