“An Incredible Accomplishment”: Pentagon Successfully Shoots Down Simulated ICBM Attack

“An Incredible Accomplishment”: Pentagon Successfully Shoots Down Simulated ICBM Attack:

Update: according to the Pentagon, the much anticipated intercept of an intercontinental ballistic missile was a success, and the mock ICBM warhead was shot down over the Pacific “in a success for America’s missile defense program.” The test was the first of its kind in nearly three years, and was the first test ever targeting an intercontinental-range missile like North Korea is developing.

The Missile Defense Agency said it was the first live-fire test against a simulated ICBM for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) and hailed it as an “incredible accomplishment.”

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7 thoughts on ““An Incredible Accomplishment”: Pentagon Successfully Shoots Down Simulated ICBM Attack”

  1. China Successfully Tests Hypersonic Missile
    Seventh test of new DF-ZF glider tracked over northern China
    It was the seventh successful flight test of the revolutionary glider, which travels at speeds between 4,000 and 7,000 miles per hour.

    U.S. intelligence officials have assessed that China plans to use the glider to deliver nuclear weapons through increasingly sophisticated missile defenses. The DF-ZF also could be used as part of a conventional strategic strike weapon capable of hitting targets around the world within an hour.

  2. Russia Test Fires Nuclear-Capable Hypersonic Glider Warhead.
    Once it reaches near space and is ejected from the missile booster, the YU-71 HGV begins to glide in a relatively flat trajectory by executing a pull-up maneuver and accelerating to up to ten times the speed of sound, or around 7,680 miles per hour.

    The gliding phase enables the YU-71 HGV not only to maneuver aerodynamically – performing “extreme maneuvers” and evading interception – but also extends the range of the missile.

  3. Doesn’t the word “simulated” mean unreal……

    [verb sim-yuh-leyt; adjective sim-yuh-lit, -leyt]
    Spell Syllables
    Synonyms Examples Word Origin
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    verb (used with object), simulated, simulating.
    to create a simulation, likeness, or model of (a situation, system, or the like):
    to simulate crisis conditions.
    to make a pretense of; feign:
    to simulate knowledge.

    If it was simulated, it wasn’t real. So what was the point? To fool the citizenry into thinking everything’s in hand?


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