The U.S Will Attempt To Intercept An ICBM For The First Time Ever

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    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    The U.S Will Attempt To Intercept An ICBM For The First Time Ever

    http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-u-s-will-attempt-to-intercept-an-icbm-for-the-first-1795630974

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    The United States will attempt to intercept an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile during a missile defense system test Tuesday, the first time such a test has ever been performed. As North Korea aggressively works to perfect the reentry expertise for a functional ICBM, ensuring that the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system designed to stop it is essential.

    Reuters reports that the U.S. has used the GMD to intercept other kinds of missiles, but not an ICBM. U.S. officials say the test was scheduled well in advance and has nothing to do with any current events, but given North Korea’s increased belligerence as of late, it certainly feels like good timing.

    The GMD has carried out tests in the past, with a record of nine successful interceptions out of 17.

    Per the Santa Maria Times, here is how the test should look:

    The basic defensive idea is to fire a rocket into space upon warning of a hostile missile launch. The rocket releases a 5-foot-long device called a “kill vehicle” that uses internal guidance systems to steer into the path of the oncoming missile’s warhead, destroying it by force of impact. Officially known as the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, the Pentagon likens it to hitting a bullet with a bullet.

    The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency is responsible for developing and testing the system.

    An interceptor is to be launched from an underground silo at Vandenberg and soar toward the target, which will be fired from a test range on Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific. If all goes as planned, the “kill vehicle” will slam into the ICBM-like target’s mock warhead high over the Pacific Ocean.

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    Wow! So GMD will be the interceptor, but does anyone have a guess as to what the target missile will be? The MDA doesn't have much regarding an ICBM target, but notes one will be trailed for the first time in FY17.

    https://www.mda.mil/global/documents/pdf/targets.pdf
     
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    Really no. First succesul intercept of ICBM (Convair SM-65 Atlas) was in 1962 by Nike Zeus missile.
     
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    FTG-15 test video.



    True in one respect. The Nike Zues missiles had a nuclear warhead that wasn't actually detonated against an Atlas, but in simulations the Zues missile did pass within the kill envelope and at least 10 tests were deemed successes (in that they'd have destroyed the Atlas or Titan if armed).

    This was the first actual interception of an ICBM however.
     
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    Here's the interceptor and target used in the FTG-15 test.

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