First Ground-Based Midcourse Interceptor Emplaced

Released on Thursday, July 22, 2004
United States of America
GMD Block 2004
GMD - Ground based Mid-course Defense
MDA - Missile Defense Agency
Boeing and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have announced that the first Ground based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Interceptor has successfully been emplaced in its underground silo at Fort Greely, Alaska.

The interceptor required a special crane to be fitted into the underground silo. 16 interceptors, also known as PLVs, are scheduled for emplacement at Fort Greely by the end of 2005.

The GMD system consists of integrated ground-based interceptors, a variety of sensors, and an expansive battle management command, control and communications network. It will be able to protect the US against a limited long-range ballistic missile attack. Once cleared for operational use, the GMD system will be operated by the US Northern Command.


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