(Worthy News) – Boeing and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully tested an advanced long-range missile defense system on Sunday, amid a growing nuclear threat from Iran.
The aim of the test carried out at the Vandenberg Space Force Base, was to demonstrate an advanced interceptor capability for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, which is designed to protect the U.S. from long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles. It involved launching a Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) into space using a two-stage booster process instead of the usual three-stage booster.
According to a statement released by Boeing Sunday, this allowed the GBI “to release the kill vehicle earlier in flight, providing an earlier opportunity to intercept and defeat a missile threat.”
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