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SPACE: Missile Defense Booster Test Could Pave Way To’shoot–assess-Shoot’ Capability

(*_ Officials said that the U.S. Missile Defense Agency demonstrated missile defense capabilities in a successful flight test. This could allow systems to engage with incoming threats multiple time, officials stated over the weekend.

Sunday’s test featured a three-stage booster operating in two-stage mode. This allowed the Ground-Based Interceptor missile, which was designed by Raytheon, to launch a Raytheon-designed Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (or EKV) earlier than the normal three stages.

MDA Director Vice Admiral Jon Hill stated that this was the first flight test with the new selectable booster configuration in two stage mode.

With future upgrades to sensing, tracking, and other capabilities, the new selectable booster will give warfighters “robust” capability to assess threat after initial engagement, and allow for reengagement if necessary, MDA stated in a statement. Hill stated that this is the first step towards a strong’shoot, assess and shoot’ capability.

The MDA launched the GBI missile, which is an element of the nation’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense, or GMD, System, from North Vandenberg on Sunday, along with officials for Space Launch Delta 30 based at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. and U.S. Northern Command.

“Today was another milestone in the longstanding partnership between Space Launch Delta 30 and the Missile Defense Agency,” Col. Robert Long, Space Launch Delta 30 commander, said in a press release.

Long stated that the combined team demonstrated their professionalism and “can do” attitude to make this a success.

This part of the U.S. missile defense system allows commanders to strike and eliminate hostile ballistic missile threats from space. It aims to defend the homeland against intercontinental ballistic rockets fired from hostile countries, Defense News reported.

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