GMD Successfully Intercepts ICBM Target

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On March 25, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted a successful GMD intercept test against an ICBM class target. The test is notably “the first salvo engagement of a threat-representative ICBM target by two Ground Based Interceptors (GBI),” as reported by MDA. The ICBM target was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and the two interceptors were fired from the Reagan Test Site in Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. According to MDA Director Samuel Greaves, “The system worked exactly as it was designed to do, and the results of this test provide evidence of the practicable use of the salvo doctrine within missile defense.”

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Shaan Shaikh, "GMD Successfully Intercepts ICBM Target," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 26, 2019, last modified March 26, 2019,