Pentagon announces ICBM interceptor system a success

A Ground-based Interceptor missile is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base

The missile defense shield also has a spotty record, achieving only ten successful intercepts in 18 tries, after accounting for the latest test.

"In school, 40% isn't a passing grade", added Coyle, who formerly headed the Pentagon's office of operational test and evaluation.

"We are replicating our ability to defend the United States of America from North Korea, today", Ellison said. "Iran also continues to develop more sophisticated missiles and approve the range and accuracy of current missile systems".

The Ground-based Midcourse Defense system is created to detect, intercept and destroy long-range ballistic missiles during their midcourse phase of flight.

Despite the success, the $244 million test didn't confirm that under wartime conditions the USA could intercept an intercontinental-range missile fired by North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is attempting to develop an ICBM that can reach the US mainland.

On April 4, a KN-17 missile launch came just days before Chinese President Xi Jinping met with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago, during which the pair discussed how to curb North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

That test involves firing a new version of the military's single long-range ground-based interceptor missile, which is now based in Alaska and California. Tuesday's ICBM target had never been tested before.

The interception is a move that the Pentagon says is akin to hitting a bullet with another bullet - though at far higher speeds.

UN chief calls on world to back Paris climate deal
President Donald Trump who says he will decide this week whether the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement . Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a " hoax " created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy .

The Missile Defense Agency said it was the first live-fire test against a simulated ICBM for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense, managed by Boeing Co, and hailed it as an "incredible accomplishment". U.S. officials, however, will continue to evaluate the GMD's performance based upon telemetry and other data acquired during the test, the release added.

People watch as the Ground-based Midcourse Defense element of the USA ballistic missile defense system launches during a flight test from Vandenberg Air Force Base, May 30, 2017.

In January 2016, the missile agency launched an interceptor from Vandenberg to "fully flush out and fully test" the new thrusters, in Syring's words.

"We improve and learn from each test, regardless of the outcome".

What "very real threat" is he speaking of?

North Korea says its nuclear and missile programmes are a defence against perceived USA military threats. "Kim is attempting to prove that he has the capability to strike the U.S. mainland with a nuclear weapon".

This month alone the country has carried out nine missile launches. "The situation on the Korean peninsula is complex and sensitive, and we hope all relevant sides maintain calm and exercise restraint, ease the tense situation as soon as possible and put the issue back onto the correct track of peaceful dialogue", China's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Prior to Tuesday, the USA military had conducted 17 tests of its missile-defense system and nine were successful.

Related News:

  • College dropout now receives honorary degree from HARVARD. Guess who is it?

    College dropout now receives honorary degree from HARVARD. Guess who is it?

    He said that people should "explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas". Kennedy quote, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country".

    Britain may be heading for hung Parliament

    But YouGov acknowledged that models could not produce estimates as accurate as a full-scale poll in each constituency. However, until now no poll has suggested that the Conservatives could lose their majority in parliament.

    Posey avoids "big guys tumbling" in Nats-Giants brawl

    It's very possible that the Giants have expressed their anger over Strickland's actions already to the Nationals . When he neared Strickland he took off his helmet and cocked his arm as if to throw it at Strickland's head.
  • Diageo plc (DGE) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Morgan Stanley

    Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 1st will be given a dividend of GBX 1.03 ($0.01) per share on Friday, July 7th. The shares were bought at an average cost of GBX 50 ($0.64) per share, for a total transaction of £25,000 ($32,113.04).
    Arsenal confirms extension for Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal confirms extension for Arsene Wenger

    The 27-year-old midfielder will reportedly reject the chance to link up with his former Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona and stay at Old Trafford.

    Twitter Reacts To Donald Trump Meeting With Pope Francis

    In addition to the medallion, the pope also gave President Trump a personally signed copy of his message for World Peace Day 2017. We had a fantastic meeting and we had a fantastic tour, it was really lovely . "Well, I will be reading them", Mr Trump said.
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski, Security Adviser to Carter, dies at 89

    Carter, beginning in 1977, thwarting Soviet expansionism at any cost guided much of American foreign policy, for better or worse". Former President Carter said in a statement Friday night, "Rosalynn and I are saddened by the death of Zbigniew Brzezinski".

    Conte's warning on transfers after Chelsea cup defeat

    Wenger had previously condemned the protests staged against him as "disgraceful", but is now looking for everyone at Arsenal to pull together as one.

    Novak Djokovic makes winning start with new coach Andre Agassi

    Rising German star Alexander Zverev , seeded ninth, begins his campaign against veteran Spaniard Fernando Verdasco later. Prior to the tournament, Rafael Nadal said he considers Paris his second home due to the past success at Roland Garros.
  • Troopers Investigate 4 Traffic Fatalities, 2 Boating Fatalities during Memorial Day Weekend

    Authorities say four people died in wrecks on Alabama roads in Baldwin, Conecuh, Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties. On Sunday, a head-on crash in Rockingham County killed two drivers, neither of whom were wearing a seat belt.
    Man Utd target Griezmann asks to leave Atletico

    Man Utd target Griezmann asks to leave Atletico

    Paul Pogba has sparked further rumours over the potential arrival of Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann . Griezmann will consider his future with long-time advisor Eric Olhats after the worldwide break.

    Dell Unveils New AIOs, Gaming Desktop At 'Computex 2017'

    With the price starting at $600 and an emphasis on AMD internals, it's a nice, reasonably cheap way for folks to get into gaming. The 27 7000 has a 27-inch display in resolutions up to 4K Ultra HD while the 24 5000 offers a smaller Full HD 24-inch panel.

Most liked

Horse race bet with William Hill
How to place a bet To place your wager/bet, all you need is to provide the appropriate information to the ticket writer. Simply you just have to pay £1horse bet and you can easily watch the live horse racing broadcast on your device.

Cleveland Cavaliers arrive to face Golden State Warriors in NBA Finals
After an 11-30 start to the season, the Heat rebounded to win 30 of their last 41 games to surge back into playoff contention. LeBron may continue to laugh in the face of Father Time, but the Warriors simply have too much talent to bet against them.

Taliban denies involvement in Kabul blast, condemns attack
President Ashraf Ghani condemned the "cowardly attack", which took place on the fifth day of the Muslim holy festival of Ramadan. Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry, the British, Canadian, Chinese, Turkish and Iranian embassies are also located in the area.

Jose Mourinho opens up about Manchester United's interest in Antoine Griezmann
SunSport showed pictures of Mourinho asleep on an early train from London to Manchester following their 2-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace.

DHS sec'y 'wouldn't criticize' Russian Federation channels
McMaster have both discussed that, in general terms. back channels are an appropriate part of diplomacy", Spicer said. He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars.

Energy industry lobbies Trump to keep US in Paris accord
The Sierra Club said a USA withdrawal from the Paris deal would be a "historic mistake". The United States is the world's second-biggest carbon dioxide emitter behind China .

ProVise Management Group LLC Has $591000 Position in Twenty-First Century Fox Inc
Prospector Partners Llc, a Connecticut-based fund reported 336,450 shares. 5,000 are held by First Limited Liability Company Ny. Bruce And Co holds 0.04% of its portfolio in Solitario Exploration & Royalty Co (USA) (NYSEMKT:XPL) for 254,040 shares.

Vandals paint the Little Mermaid red
Denmark's Little Mermaid statue has been painted red in an act of vandalism. The Little Mermaid statue located in Denmark was first set up in 1913 .

Trump blasts Germany again as Merkel-Modi cite mutual values
Trump's criticism of Merkel was commonplace toward the end of his presidential campaign in 2016. Trump has also repeatedly criticised Germany its persistent trade surplus with the US.

Explosion hits near diplomatic area in Afghanistan
The Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) has deployed its team in the area for rescue and counter-insurgency operations. Since the start of Ramadan, a holy month for the Muslims, a new wave of terrorism has started in Afghanistan .

Trump vows to 'change' how much Germany gives to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
He added that the U.S. president was undermining peaceful cooperation of nations based on mutual respect and tolerance. Merkel's declarations were quickly held up by a US press eager to show how Trump was fraying transatlantic relations.

Coldplay, Bieber to join Ariana Grande at Manchester concert
The concert will take place at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground on 4 June and will be broadcast live on BBC TV and radio. General admission and hospitality tickets will be on sale through Ticketmaster from Thursday 1 June 2017 at 10am.

White House says Trump expected to pull USA from Paris climate deal
Trump's decision comes a day after the President met with Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The United Nations' main Twitter page quoted Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying, "Climate change is undeniable".

Sunny Leone lucky to be alive as turbulence nearly crashes private jet
In the video which she shot on her way back home, one can see the actress trying to be cheerful and put the incident behind them. Sunny Leone's new houses consist of five bedrooms, a swimming pool, home theatre, an expansive garden and outdoor dining area.

Chris Stapleton postponing shows for next 3 weeks
In a tweet from CMA Music Fest, it was reported that Stapleton's performance was cancelled "due to unforeseen circumstances". Among the eight shows postponed are one on June 10 in Birmingham, Ala. and another on June 16 in Cincinnati, Ohio.