May 20, 2024

U.S. conducts “critical” missile defense test of GMD system

System designed to intercept long-range threats from North Korea and Iran

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on Monday conducted a successful test of its Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system designed to counter intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) threats from Iran and North Korea.

Monday's test was the first time the GMD attempted a salvo engagement, with two interceptors intended to strike an ICBM-level target fired from 4000 miles away.

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