With all the current talk about North Korea’s ability to launch ballistic missiles?
One should be aware that the American military has the ability to track and shoot down missiles….
The system IS IN Place in South Korea….
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), formerly Theater High Altitude Area Defense, is an American anti-ballistic missile defense system designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediaterange ballistic missiles in their terminal phase (descent or reentry) by intercepting with a hit-to-killapproach. THAAD was developed after the experience of Iraq’s Scud missile attacks during the Gulf Warin 1991. The THAAD interceptor carries no warhead, but relies on its kinetic energy of impact to destroy the incoming missile. A kinetic energy hit minimizes the risk of exploding conventional warhead ballistic missiles, and nuclear tipped ballistic missiles will not detonate upon a kinetic energy hit.
Originally a United States Army program, THAAD has come under the umbrella of the Missile Defense Agency. The Navy has a similar program, the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, which now has a land component as well (“Aegis ashore”). THAAD was originally scheduled for deployment in 2012, but initial deployment took place in May 2008. THAAD has been deployed in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and South Korea….
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