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Today, the U.S. missiles to shoot smart "pig"

December 5 2008

On the eve knew that today, the Pentagon will test missile defense system - the interceptor missile. The purpose of the test - to destroy the warhead of a study using a three-stage missile, which is expected to run from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Events unfold in the skies over the Pacific Ocean.

Ballistic missile target ("Plural") would start between 12:00 and 16:00 Pacific time on the coast of the USA (23:00 and 03:00 Moscow time on Saturday) from Kodiak Island (Alaska). In its front section, in addition to the warheads, will be a few decoys, designed to introduce the "error" Interceptor.

"It will be about the same rocket, which we expect can be used by countries like North Korea or Iran - said Lehner. - Test will be as close to real conditions. This applies to the trajectory, velocity and duration of the flight BR - about 30 minutes. " In the event of adverse weather conditions in the area of the island or suddenly manifested technical problems with the missile-target "window" for launch will be open on December 8. Weather forecasters are predicting rain on December 5, Lehner said, and "the final solution (the launch) will be officials at the landfill."

Meanwhile, critics of missile defense program - one of the leaders of the Union of Concerned Scientists, David Wright and fellow Washington-based Center for Defense Information's Victoria Samson, even if the warhead will be able to intercept, it is not an indication that the U.S. has an effective anti-missile "shield". "This test proves that missile will be able to distinguish the warhead in real terms from false targets", - said Wright, who pointed out that the speed of the target missile, which is going to involve the Pentagon, will be considerably less than intercontinental BR, transmits ITAR- TASS .

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