Reports show the US military downed an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) in early December during a test of the Missile Defense Agency’s improved Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) for the homeland missile defense system.
The launch from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base occurred before 7 a.m.
Developing a comprehensive defense against ballistic missiles is the responsibility of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), a division of the US Department of Defense (DOD). The Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system includes the GBI, which is crucial to counteract dangers posed by rogue states like Iran and North Korea.
According to MDA Director Lt. Gen. Heath Collins, the 2-/3-Stage selectable GBI capability in a 2-stage mode made the successful intercept possible. This mode gives the warfighter more battlespace, giving them more opportunities to shoot down incoming threat missiles. They are committed to improving the capabilities of the current GBI fleet while designing and delivering the Next Generation Interceptor with lightning speed.
A test to enhance the GMD component of the Ballistic Missile Defense System was conducted with the launch.
The Missile Defense Agency administered the test with U.S. Space Force Space Launch Delta 30, U.S. Northern Command, and U.S. Space Command Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense.
During its flight test in Hawaii, the IRBM was fired from a C-17 airplane.
According to the Air Force, one of the most adaptable cargo planes to join the airlift fleet is the C-17 Globemaster III. Whether to advance outposts in the deployment region or major operational bases, the C-17 can swiftly and strategically carry soldiers and any cargo.
For the first time, a three-stage GBI was tested in two-stage mode; this meant that the third stage could be told not to ignite, thereby releasing the death vehicle sooner.
According to a statement from the base, the test proved that the GMD can engage threats more quickly and capable of destroying medium and long-range ballistic missiles that pose a danger to the United States heartland.