Australia to Speed Missile Defense Development, Turnbull Says

Rachel Hardy
July 10, 2017

The THAAD interceptors will be fired from Alaska, Reuters reported.

The Thaad is created to shoot down short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles with shorter ranges than the inter-continental ballistic missile that North Korea launched on Tuesday.

The exercise by two B-1B Lancers, flown from Andersen Air Base in Guam, was part of a 10-hour mission with South Korean and Japanese fighter jets in response to a "series of increasingly escalatory actions by North Korea including the intercontinental ballistic missile" on Tuesday, US Pacific Air Forces said. The test will take place in the next couple days.

US Missile Defense Agency confirmed that it aimed to carry out a Thaad flight test "in early July".

Pyongyang was heavily criticised after launching the missile.

The test is not something new following the North Korean test launch of a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) earlier this week.

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In recent testimony to Congress, Vice Admiral James Syring, then the director of the Missile Defense Agency, had said FTT-18 would aim to demonstrate THAAD's ability to intercept a separating IRBM target.

THAAD is not created to stop an ICBM - that job is left primarily to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor system.

The ground based system is created to shoot down short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. Both Russia and China asked Washington stop the South Korean THAAD deployment.

Haley added that if North Korea continues to be involved in these activities, it must be prepared to defend itself and its allies.

Mr Turnbull said that in terms of a missile defence shield for Australia there had been talk of the THAAD system, which is being deployed in South Korea. Share your thoughts below.

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