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MDA Completes Ground Test of Ballistic Missile Defense System

MissileDefenseThe Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Pacific Command and the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense have conducted a ground test of the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

MDA said Monday the 12-day test dubbed GTD-06 Part 2 involved simulated threat scenarios to assess how BMDS will react during an actual attack.

GTD-06 Part 2 will support plans to increase fielding of ground-based interceptors from 30 to 44 in 2017 as well as the integration of an additional In-Flight Interceptor Communications System Data Terminal into the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

IDT’s goal was to facilitate communications between the GMD fire control nodes and the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.

The test involved ballistic missile defense components such as:

  • GMD system
  • AN/TPY-2 radars
  • Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communication system
  • Upgraded Early Warning Radars
  • Cobra Dane radar
  • Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon system
  • Patriot weapon system
  • Sea Based X-Band radar
  • Space-Based Infrared System

MDA carries out regular ground tests to help the agency and combatant commanders assess the current system, develop missile defense doctrine and train operators.

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