"Star Wars" Defense a Success! Missile Hits Target! (Video)

A THAAD Missile Successfully Intercepts Test Target!

Yesterday:

“They’ve not done the operational testing yet that is convincing,” –Senator Levin

Today:

“By linking with another element of the BMDS during this flight test, our nation’s vision of a layered missile defense becomes one step closer to reality.” -THAAD official.

For those of you unfamiliar with the project, THAAD is a missile defense systen that is designed to defend U.S. troops, allied forces, population centers and critical infrastructure against short- to intermediate range ballistic missiles.

Last week The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin conducted another successful test in the Pacific.
This photo was taken during that test.

Awesome!
A military-minded friend added:

Rest assured, we will be ready for Iran. Let them expend huge amounts of capital developing nukes and missile systems for delivery. Within 72 hours, we can deploy the THAAD system on our allies’ turf. If they dare launch, their missile would be intercepted and an in-kind response executed.

Now you see it… Now you don’t.

And, here is the actual test video that was already posted up on YouTube:
(1 minute)

Lockheed Martin released this news late last week:

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] conducted another successful flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system today, intercepting a unitary target in THAAD’s second flight test at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, HI. This hit-to-kill intercept demonstrated THAAD’s precision against in-bound threats and its ability to provide increased protection for troops and assets.

Preliminary data indicates the flight test met all objectives. This included new goals which set this test apart from previous flight tests:

The target was intercepted in the mid endo-atmosphere
The THAAD Fire Control and Communications unit’s data link communicated with a simulated Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ship via a satellite link with the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, located in San Diego. This successful link highlights the interoperability of the various elements of the United States’ Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS)
Proved THAAD’s endgame capability
Examined hit assessments in radar data
Other objectives were met, including demonstrating the integration of the radar, launcher, fire control, communications and interceptor operations; interceptor seeker characterization (target identification); discrimination and intercept of a non-separating liquid-fueled target; and examining launch procedures and equipment.

“The system is proving its precision and lethal effect throughout our skies, considering THAAD’s successes in both the high- and now mid-atmospheric proving grounds,” said Tom McGrath, program manager and vice president – THAAD at Lockheed Martin. “By linking with another element of the BMDS during this flight test, our nation’s vision of a layered missile defense becomes one step closer to reality.”

The THAAD program began flight testing in November 2005 at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), NM. Three successful THAAD tests were conducted at WSMR, including the intercept of a unitary target in July 2006. Earlier this year, the first flight test conducted at PMRF demonstrated THAAD’s ability to intercept a threat representative target in the high endo-atmosphere.

THAAD comprises a fire control and communications system, interceptors, launchers and a radar. The THAAD interceptor uses hit-to-kill technology to destroy targets, and is the only weapon system that engages threat ballistic missiles at both endo- and exo-atmospheric altitudes.

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