US Missile Defense Agency Reports Successful Test Launch

Dan Bross, KUAC – Anchorage

The US Missile Defense Agency and contractor Boeing report a successful test launch.  They say the interceptor test from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday involved a two-stage missile designed for no longer planned deployment in Poland. Missile Defense Agency spokesman Rick Lehner says the shorter range missile was tested for possible future use, but there are no plans for deployment at the existing interceptor sites at Vandenberg and Alaska’s Ft. Greely.

There was no target involved in the test, which was carried out over an established test range between California and the Marshall Islands.  Boeing spokeswoman Jessica Carlston says the test flight provided valuable information.

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