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MISSILE DEFENSE TEST COMPLETED

Release Number: 040116

A U.S. Missile Defense Agency flight test of a Ground-based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 28, at 1:57 p.m. PST. The test was conducted by the 30th Space Wing, MDA, and U.S. Northern Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

A U.S. Missile Defense Agency flight test of a Ground-based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 28, at 1:57 p.m. PST. The test was conducted by the 30th Space Wing, MDA, and U.S. Northern Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

A U.S. Missile Defense Agency flight test of a Ground-based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 28, at 1:57 p.m. PST. The test was conducted by the 30th Space Wing, MDA, and U.S. Northern Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)

A U.S. Missile Defense Agency flight test of a Ground-based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 28, at 1:57 p.m. PST. The test was conducted by the 30th Space Wing, MDA, and U.S. Northern Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley/Released)

A U.S. Missile Defense Agency flight test of a Ground-based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 28, at 1:57 p.m. PST. The test was conducted by the 30th Space Wing, MDA, and U.S. Northern Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

A U.S. Missile Defense Agency flight test of a Ground-based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 28, at 1:57 p.m. PST. The test was conducted by the 30th Space Wing, MDA, and U.S. Northern Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)


A Ground-Based Interceptor, an element of the nation's Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, was launched as part of a non intercept test from North Vandenberg today, Jan. 28, 2016, at 1:57 p.m. PST by the 30th Space Wing, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Northern Command.

Col. Shane Clark, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the Launch Decision Authority.
        
"Both the 30th Space Wing and the Missile Defense Agency worked hard to get the team ready for this test" said Clark.  "Today's launch is testament to the professionalism of all involved and the close relationships we have with our missile defense partners."

Missile Defense Agency point of contact is Rick Lehner at richard.lehner@mda.mil or (571) 231-8212.