Boe­ing-led mis­sile de­fence team com­pletes GMD flight test


Boe­ing, work­ing with the US Mis­sile De­fense Agency and in­dus­try team­mates, have re­turned the ground­based mid-course de­fence (GMD) sys­tem to test­ing with a suc­cess­ful flight. GMD is the United States’ only de­fence against lon­grange bal­lis­tic mis­sile threats.

“To­day’s test sig­nals the next step in GMD’s fu­ture ca­pa­bil­ity and is the cul­mi­na­tion of suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships among government, mil­i­tary lead­ers and in­dus­try,” said Greg Hys­lop, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager for Boe­ing Strate­gic Mis­sile and De­fense Sys­tems. “Through­out our team ef­fort to solve one of the tough­est chal­lenges fac­ing the aero­space in­dus­try, GMD re­mained on alert and con­tin­ues to de­fend the United States.”

GMD flight test­ing was halted in early 2011 af­ter a guid­ance er­ror re­sulted in a failed in­ter­cept in a De­cem­ber 2010 test.

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