The US military says it has successfully tested a Terminal High Altitude Defense (THAAD) missile system in Alaska by intercepting a ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean.
A ballistic missile was fired by a US Air Force plane and intercepted over the Pacific by a THAAD system in Kodiak, Alaska, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said Sunday, describing the test as “successful.”
The THAAD system “detected, tracked and intercepted the target,” according to the MDA’s statement.
The test will help the US “to stay ahead of the evolving threat,” said MDA Director Lieutenant General Sam Greaves in a statement, without elaborating.
The US military conducted the anti-missile test amid rising tensions with North Korea. The US claims North Korea poses a threat against its mainland as well as its two Asia-Pacific allies South Korea and Japan.
THAAD is a ground-based missile defense system designed to shoot down short-, medium- and…