New defensive vehicle test successful A defensive vehicle powered by a rocket engine control system from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne was successfully tested when it neutralized a target in a situation that simulated a hostile, in-bound missile. This is the seventh successful test of its kind, making it a key element in the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). Here’s more from the press release.

A primary requirement of the system is near-instant response, which was proven again in dramatic fashion. Similar to a successful test that was conducted in April of this year, today’s intercept once again demonstrated THAAD’s performance and verified the DACS design in a demanding flight scenario. This test was conducted in the endo-atmospheric regime, confirming the system’s performance at higher altitudes.

Does this news make you sleep more soundly at night, or are you still living in fear of being within striking range of Pyongyang’s arsenal?

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