US tests thaad missile defence system

WASHINGTON: A United States-built missile defense system on Tuesday successfully intercepted its target during a test run.

The US Missile Defense Agency said in a statement that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system successfully shot down a target over Alaska.

I could not be more proud of the government and contractor team who executed this flight test today, said MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves in the statement. “This test further demonstrates the capabilities of the THAAD weapon system and its ability to intercept and destroy ballistic missile threats.

It is designed to shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles with shorter ranges than the ICBM that North Korea launched July 4.