BMD Interceptor Test Successful

The Air Force and Missile Defense Agency on Monday successfully flight tested a ballistic missile defense interceptor from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. The launch was to evaluate the performance of the new two-stage version of the Orbital Sciences-built ground based interceptor that is currently operational in a three-stage configuration in silos at Vandenberg and in central Alaska. “Initial indications are that all components performed as designed,” stated MDA in a release. The test was solely to collect data on system performance. There was no target launch or intercept attempt. The test marked the first time that a BMD interceptor was fired from Vandenberg’s Launch Facility 24, which was recently upgraded to support missile defense testing. (Vandenberg release)