U.S. Carries Out First Successful 'Salvo' Interception Of An ICBM Target

Warzone/The Drive: Two Interceptors Launched From California To Swat ICBM In Most Ambitious Missile Defense Test Yet (Updated)

The experiment has been more than a decade in the making and marks a critical juncture for the United States' rickety missile defense shield.

The U.S. military has conducted an important missile defense test from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. While officials at the base have declined to give any details about the experiment so far, earlier reports said it would be the first salvo test of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD, against a mock intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM.

Vandenberg confirmed the launch occurred at around 10:30 AM local time, according to local media reports. Individuals reported seeing two distinct trails, further indicating that this was the salvo test. On Mar. 24, 2019, Bloomberg had been first to report that the experiment, officially known as Flight Test Ground-Based Midcourse Defense-11, or FTG-11, was most likely coming today.

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More News On Yesterday's Successful U.S. Missile Defense Test

US missile defense system destroys ICBM threat for the first time in historic 'salvo' test -- Business Insider/Defense News
A new defense against nuclear strikes: Pentagon successfully tests first-ever missile 'salvo' using multiple weapons to take down a simulated warhead from 4,000 miles away -- Daily Mail
Missile defense test launched from California succeeds in shootdown: Pentagon -- AP
Pentagon: 'Milestone' ICBM missile intercept test a success -- The Hill
US Missile Defense Agency successfully tests missile interceptors -- CNN
Pentagon: Missile Defense Test Succeeds in Shootdown -- Military.com/The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
US shoots down dummy ICBM in groundbreaking military exercise -- FOX News
US Ground-Based Interceptor Successfully Destroys ICBM in Test - MDA -- Sputnik

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