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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Missile Defense Test Scheduled

The 30th Space Wing, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command are scheduled to conduct a flight test involving the launch of a Ground-Base Interceptor July 5, between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 3:37 p.m.


PDT from North base.

The interceptor will defend against a ballistic missile target launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, is the Launch Decision Authority.

The 30th Space Wing has been working closely with our Missile Defense Agency partners here at Vandenberg for months to make this launch a safe and successful one.” said Balts. “It’s an honor for us to be a part of a test mission so critical to our national security.”

The operationally-configured interceptor is designed to intercept and destroy a ballistic missile warhead as part of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense element of the integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System, according to an MDA spokesperson.

For more information on the flight test, contact Debra Christman at debra.christman@mda.mil or Rick Lehner at richard.lehner@mda.mi (571) 231-8212.

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