US successfully tests its anti-missile system

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 1.6.2017 09:37

On Tuesday, 30 May, the US successfully tested the interception of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The US anti-missile system has been tested against ballistic missiles in the past, but to this day never for the interception of an ICBM.

The United States are responding to the ever more present threat of the DPRK, which carried out its latest test by firing a short-range ballistic missile on 29 May. North Korea is speeding up the development of its own intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads and thus threatening the US. An anti-missile system capable of shooting down an ICBM before it reenters the atmosphere began evolving in the 1980s with the support of US President Ronald Regan. Nevertheless, in tests conducted over the past 18 years, the system was successful in only nine out of 17 cases, which makes it an extremely expensive, technologically demanding and not completely reliable systém. The US also has other defence options available, such as another anti-missile defence system or a preventive measure against the ICBM before it is fired, as it is relatively easy to detect preparations for a launch at the current stage of North Korean ICBM development.

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