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Missile defense test scheduled

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Missile Defense Agency plans to conduct a flight test involving the launch of a ground-based interceptor from the Ronald W. Reagan Missile Defense Site here Dec. 14 with a launch window of 8 a.m. to noon.

The ground-based interceptor test will defend against an intermediate-range ballistic missile target launched from Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.

The operationally-configured interceptor is designed to intercept and destroy a ballistic missile warhead as part of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense element of the integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System.

This will be the fourth launch of an operationally configured ground-based interceptor from Vandenberg AFB.