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GMD once again misses its target in failed intercept

07 July 2013

A key element of the United States' ballistic missile defence system has failed yet another intercept test during a 5 July event.

The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system - designed to defend against limited long-range ballistic missile attacks - has not seen a successful intercept test since 2008, when a Capability Enhancement I (CE-I) Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) was deployed from the interceptor and struck its long-range ballistic missile target.

For the 5 July test, a first-generation CE-I EKV was employed for an operational test of the system with a primary objective of intercepting a similar missile target, but it did not, according to a Pentagon statement.



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