THAAD missile defense shield deployed successfully

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation’s defense against intercontinental ballistic missile strikes passed another test — successfully intercepting a medium-range target ballistic missile during a July 30 test. It was the 15th successful intercept in 15 tests of the Thermal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system weapon system, which is designed to intercept ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their final phase of flight. During the test, a medium-range target ballistic missile was air-launched by an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III over the Pacific Ocean. The THAAD weapon system, located at Pacific Spaceport Complex . . .

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