US successfully tests THAAD missile defense system

US successfully tests THAAD missile defense system

The U.S. successfully tested its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system Tuesday, amid rising tensions with North Korea.

During the drill, a THAAD weapon system in Kodiak, Alaska intercepted a ballistic missile that was launched north of Hawaii, according to a U.S Missile Defense Agency statement. THADD is used to protect the U.S. against short and intermediate  -- not intercontinental --  range ballistic missiles.

According to the Missile Defense Agency the successful launch bolsters the U.S.’ defensive capability against North Korea’s missile threats.

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