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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 54
Also Known As: GMD Interceptor and Payload Launch Vehicle
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: PLV
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 54
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Description: The Payload Launch Vehicle (PLV), or GMD interceptor, is a booster used to fly the EKV designed to destroy ballistic missiles in midcourse out of the atmosphere. Once launched, the PLV will be directed to the interception area to intercept the incoming ballistic missile. Then, the EKV separates from the booster and guides itself to intercept the reentry vehicle.

The first GMD Interceptor (PLV+EKV) was emplaced at Fort Greely, Alaska, on 22 July 2004. By the end of 2005, it is expected that the emplacement of16 interceptors will be completed. Four additional interceptors were planned for emplacement at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, but as of December 2004, it seems that that figure was cut off to only two GMD interceptors.

PLV Applications

Artillery Systems GMD Block 2004

PLV News

There are 7 news between
22 Jul 2004 and 17 Jan 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019US-Based Missile Defense System to Get 20 Additional Interceptors in Alaska
Sunday, June 22, 2014Target Missile Intercepted Successfully Over the Pacific Ocean During Missile Defense Exercise
Friday, July 5, 2013US MDA Ground-based Midcourse Defense Test Fails to Intercept Long-Range Ballistic Missile
Saturday, January 26, 2013US Missile Defense Agency Completes GMD Flight Test with Enhanced EKV
Sunday, June 6, 2010Missile Defense Team Completes 2-Stage Interceptor Booster Test
Wednesday, July 16, 2008MDA Justifies Missile Defense Against Iranian Threat
Thursday, July 22, 2004First Ground-Based Midcourse Interceptor Emplaced

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America54

Grand Total 541
Defensive Weapons
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