THAAD missile test launched from Kodiak

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 12:30
LEAH GARTON/Missile Defense Agency

Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 4:54 pm
KDM staff

A test interceptor missile launched early Sunday morning from Kodiak successfully destroyed its target, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

U.S. Army soldiers of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, launched the missile here in Kodiak using the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.

Its target was a medium-range ballistic missile that was air-launched by a U.S. Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean. The THAAD system successfully detected, tracked and intercepted the target, according to MDA.

“In addition to successfully intercepting the target, the data collected will allow MDA to enhance the THAAD weapon system, our modeling and simulation capabilities and our ability to stay ahead of the evolving threat,” said MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves.

Soldiers from the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade conducted launcher, fire control and radar operations using the same procedures they would use in an actual combat scenario. Soldiers operating the equipment were not aware of the actual target launch time, according to a press release. This was the 15th successful intercept in 15 tests for the THAAD weapon system.

Video of the launch showed the THAAD missile being deployed from a launcher on the back of a large truck.

“The THAAD element provides a globally-transportable, rapidly-deployable capability to intercept ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their final, or terminal, phase of flight,” states the release.

This was the second test of the THAAD missile system from Kodiak this month. On July 11, the THAAD system was successfully tested against an intermediate-range ballistic missile.