Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Stopping a N. Korean Missile No Sure Thing! U.S. Tester Says


At Bloomberg/Pol  by Anthony Capaccio  --  
  •  Ground-based system has shown ‘limited capability’ so far
  • Pentagon plans next intercept test for April to June
The U.S.’s $36 billion system of ground-based interceptors can’t yet be counted on to shoot down a nuclear-armed missile aimed at the West Coast by the likes of North Korea or Iran, the Pentagon’s weapons testing office says.

The network of radar and communications combined with missiles based in California and Alaska has demonstrated only a “limited capability to defend the U.S. homeland from small numbers of simple” intercontinental ballistic missiles, the testing office said in its latest annual report.

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