The U.S. Armed Forces tested the THAAD missile defense system in Alaska; the weapon is just like the one deployed on the Korean peninsula, in order to deter North Korean aggression and possible missile launches.
The target missile was launched from a C-17 aircraft and shot down by the ABM interceptor missile.
According to Reuters, ‘the test was the first-ever of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system against an incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile, which experts say is a faster and more difficult target to hit than shorter-range missiles’.
The test target was similar to the ballistic missiles previously launched by the North Korea; the range of these missiles reaches 5,500 kilometers. That means North Korean missiles are a potential threat to U.S. base on Guam Island.
‘This success leaves THAAD with a 100 percent track record for all 14 intercept attempts since flight testing began just over a decade ago. Lockheed Martin Corp, the prime contractor for the THAAD system, said it could intercept incoming missiles both inside and outside the Earth's atmosphere’, Reuters wrote.