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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