TheÂ Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Pacific Command and the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense have conducted a ground test of theÂ Ballistic Missile Defense System.
MDA said Monday the 12-day test dubbedÂ GTD-06 Part 2 involvedÂ simulated threat scenarios to assess how BMDSÂ will react during anÂ actual attack.
GTD-06 Part 2 willÂ support plans to increase fielding of ground-based interceptors from 30 to 44 in 2017 as well as the integration of an additional In-Flight Interceptor Communications System Data Terminal into the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.
IDT’s goal wasÂ to facilitateÂ communications between the GMD fire control nodes and the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.
The test involved ballistic missile defense components such as:
- GMDÂ system
- AN/TPY-2 radars
- Command and Control, Battle Management, and CommunicationÂ system
- Upgraded Early Warning Radars
- Cobra Dane radar
- Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon system
- Patriot weapon system
- Sea Based X-Band radar
- Space-Based Infrared System
MDA carries outÂ regularÂ ground tests to help the agency and combatant commanders assess the current system, develop missile defense doctrine and train operators.