THAAD Intercepts Flight Test Detected by NOC’s STSS Satellites

Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) Demonstration Program satellites built by Northrop Grumman Corporation and Raytheon Company partook in a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Intercept flight test conducted by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on the 28th of June.

The STSS identified the embarking of the missile which is, intimidating in nature and transmitted the data from the trajectory to the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BDMS) ground terminals. Before this, the STSS had effectively perceived a two stage MDA interceptor on June 6 and the 200th launch of ICBM on June 16, both from the Air Force Base at Vandenberg, California.

Gabe Weston, NOC’s Vice-President (missile defense and missile warning programs) has avowed that the STSS had given during all the three trials, a consistent and reliable performance proving its efficacy in missile defense operations.

MDA is regarding the STSS Demonstration Program as a space-based part of the BMDS. It will furnish risk reduction techniques in missile defense sensors to assist the future operations of the MDA.

Source: http://www.northropgrumman.com/

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