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Boeing installs 44th GMD interceptor

14th November 2017 - 12:11 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Boeing Missile Defense team has installed the 44th interceptor for the country’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, the company announced on 7 November.

The new interceptor addresses US Department of Defense requirements to increase the number of the country’s GMD interceptors to 44 before the end of 2017.

The Missile Defense Agency tested the capacity of the GMD system to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile target during a live-fire test in May.

GMD interceptors are designed to launch and destroy incoming ballistic missiles based on detection and tracking information from land-, sea- and space-based sensors.

The GMD system includes command and control facilities, communications terminals and a 20,000mi fibre-optic communications network integrated with ballistic missile defence radars and other sensors.

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