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MDA Completes Ground Test of Ballistic Missile Defense System

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MissileDefenseThe 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 the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

MDA said Monday the 12-day test dubbed GTD-06 Part 2 involved simulated threat scenarios to assess how BMDS will react during an actual attack.

GTD-06 Part 2 will 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 was to facilitate communications between the GMD fire control nodes and the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle.

The test involved ballistic missile defense components such as:

  • GMD system
  • AN/TPY-2 radars
  • Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communication 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 out regular ground tests to help the agency and combatant commanders assess the current system, develop missile defense doctrine and train operators.

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