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418th Flight Test Squadron support enables MDA test success

A C-17 assigned to the 418th Flight Test Squadron airdrops Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile target as part of a Missile Defense Agency test.

A C-17 assigned to the 418th Flight Test Squadron airdrops Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile target as part of a Missile Defense Agency test.

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

A C-17 assigned to the 418th Flight Test Squadron from Edwards Air Force Base air-launched a ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii July 11. A THAAD weapon system located at PSCA in Kodiak, Alaska, detected, tracked and intercepted the target. Preliminary indications are that planned flight test objectives were achieved and the threat-representative, intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) target was successfully intercepted by the THAAD weapon system. The 418th FLTS and the 412th Test Wing are part of the Air Force Test Center complex, headquartered at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

 

A video of the test can be viewed at https://youtu.be/FdOVZpTmeOA


 


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