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Ground-based interceptor missiles hit targets over Hawaii

By Bloomberg News

LAST UPDATED: 10:57 a.m. HST, Oct 05, 2011

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Thaad Missile Defense System successfully intercepted two targets in a test over Hawaii early today, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said.

The test marked the first time the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system detected and struck two different targets using two interceptors, Lockheed Martin said in a press release.

The first Thaad missile intercepted an air-launched short- range ballistic missile target in the test conducted at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai. The second missile then intercepted a sea-launched short-range missile, according to the company statement.

“It was, by far, Thaad’s most challenging flight test to date and demonstrates the system’s advanced capabilities,” said Tom McGrath, Thaad vice president and program manager at Lockheed Martin, in a written statement.

Troops conducting the test did not know what day or time the targets would be launched, Lockheed Martin’s statement said.

The system, part of the Pentagon’s Ballistic Missile Defense System, is designed to destroy ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their final, or terminal, phase of flight, according to the missile agency.

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OldDiver wrote:
Wonder what would happen if 500 missiles were launched without warning from various sites. Wonder what would happen if 1000 missiles were launched without warning from various sites. These defense systems are useless because the can be easily defeated by overwhelming numbers. Someone though is making a whole bunch of money.
on October 5,2011 | 07:01AM
ya_think wrote:
Come on now, what do you think the odds are that 1000 missiles would be launched at the same time? But the odds of one or two at the same time are real. I for one am glad to hear that they can knock them out.
on October 5,2011 | 07:20AM
OldDiver wrote:
You are buying into the military industrial complex talking point. The fact of the matter is these systems are easily defeated by making one more missile than their capacity. Hundreds of dummy missiles can be also launched to confuse the defense systems even more. Common sense tells us the easy way to counter missile defense systems is to build more missiles than intercepters. This means their will be even more nuclear missiles pointed towards us than now. This is madness for the world but very profitable for the defense industry.
on October 5,2011 | 08:35AM
fishguy wrote:
Too bad it wasn't you. You seem to have lots of ideas wondering in your head.
on October 5,2011 | 10:48AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Short version: Millions spent. Loud bang achieved.
on October 5,2011 | 07:12AM
manakuke wrote:
The hits keep on happening!
on October 5,2011 | 07:21AM
superawsomekaratekid wrote:
Heres the thing though one or two missiles the chances of me dying close to zero. However the chances of me losing a limb or otherwise being grievously maimed quite high. I don't think I wanna suffer that way when the solution was right there. No if there is 1000 missiles coming at me 1000 percent chance I will die and I am at peace with that.
on October 5,2011 | 08:18AM
OldDiver wrote:
Don't need more than a couple of nuclear missiles to land here to wipe everyone out.
on October 5,2011 | 08:36AM
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