The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system failed to achieve an intercept during a Jan. 31 flight test. The test, featuring the first flight of the Lockheed Martin LV-2 intermediate range ballistic missile target and a Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., was designed to mimic the geometry of a real engagement with a missile from North Korea. A key challenge would have been that the intercept would be ...

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