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.