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|Raytheon kill vehicle hits ICBM target in first dual-salvo test|
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.,
The EKV system protects the U.S. against long-range ballistic missile attacks by destroying incoming threats safely outside the Earth's atmosphere. The historic test mirrored a real-life scenario where launching more than one interceptor ensured destruction of the threat far away from population centers. If the first kill vehicle makes impact, the second can divert to other material.
"The system is among the most complex, and serves as the first line of ballistic missile defense for
After receiving tracking and targeting data from
It was the eleventh intercept for the GMD program overall, and the second intercept of an ICBM. The Raytheon kill vehicle family has a combined record of over 40 successful space intercepts.
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