The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program provides the United States with the capability to intercept long-range ballistic missiles that could reach the American homeland.
To remain robust, the Missile Defense Agency periodically tests the GMD system. By the end of January, MDA and prime contractor Boeing will conduct a test flight over the Pacific Ocean to gather information that will support current and future enhancements to the GMD system.
An interceptor will perform a “fly-by” of a target, purposely avoiding impact to collect engineering data. This exercise is the latest of a series of flight tests designed to gather information on enhancements to the GMD system. This approach will ensure the system is deployed with high reliably, confidence, and maintainability.
An interceptor like this one from the previous GMD FTG-06b test, will be used in the upcoming CTV-02+ scheduled by the end of January.