Armed Forces News

Two ground-based interceptors destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was destroyed during a successful March 25 test, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced. The agency conducted the test with cooperation from the Joint functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, U.S. Northern Command, and components of the Air Force Space Command’s 30th, 50thand 460thSpace Wings. It marked the first salvo engagement of an ICBM target by ground-based interceptors. The first interceptor destroyed the ICBM’s reentry. The second searched for remaining debris. Finding none, it identified and struck the most lethal object it found. The test ICBM was launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, more than 4,000 miles away from the origin point of the two interceptors – Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.