The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) tested its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) defense system in Alaska by launching a ballistic missile over the Pacific. A U.S. Air Force C-17 plane fired this missile, which was successfully intercepted by a system based in Kodiak in Alaska.
Apart from successfully intercepting the target, the data collected will enable MDA to improve the THAAD weapon system along with their modeling and simulation capabilities, and their ability to stay ahead of any pertinent threat.
The U.S. B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets in South Korea, as they flew over an air base near Seoul, before coming back to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.
This test by the American military was in response to consecutive ICBM tests conducted by North Korea last month. It is being deduced from the second ICBM tests that a major part of the mainland US – including LA and Chicago is now within the range of Pyongyang’s weapons.
North Korea is currently the most urgent threat to US regional stability. This test by US was to show that if required, the latter was prepared to respond with an overwhelming force of quick and lethal force.
The U.S. has been sending its B-1 bombers to South Korea for flyovers this year as a response to North’s banned missile tests – and also following the inhuman torture and death of a U.S. college student last month after he was released by North Korea in a state of coma.
On the other hand, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday expressed his immense satisfaction after the Hwasong-14 missile reached a maximum height of 2,314 miles and flew 620 miles before landing in the waters off Japan.