US military on Tuesday will test the interception system of intercontinental ballistic missiles. This was reported by the Pentagon amid growing tension due to the North Korean weapons program, the Russian BBC service reported.
The planned test is the first time that US military will attempt to intercept ICBMs, earlier they only conducted tests to intercept slower medium-range missiles.
Specialists will launch an interceptor rocket from an underground bunker on Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, using the model of an ICBM launched from the Reagan test site in the Marshall Islands, the statement of the Missile Defense Agency said. If everything goes according to plan, the interceptor will destroy the target over the Pacific Ocean.
According to the representative of the Missile Defense Agency Christopher Johnson, the missile intended to simulate ICBMs flies faster than those used in previous interception tests. He specified that the ICBM target is not a mock-up of a North Korean missile.