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Ground-based interceptor system, considered for Fort Drum, has successful test

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The military’s ground-based missile interceptor system recorded a successful test Sunday.

A missile fired from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean was stopped by a missile fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

It was the first successful test for the system since 2008, and the 65th successful test out of the 81 done since 2001.

“This is a very important step in our continuing efforts to improve and increase the reliability of our homeland ballistic missile defense system,” Navy Vice Adm. James D. Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said.

The nation’s other active missile defense site is at Fort Greely, Alaska.

A missile defense site at Fort Drum is under consideration. Other potential Eastern sites are Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center, Ohio; Naval Air Station Portsmouth SERE Training Area, Maine, and Fort Custer Training Center, Mich.

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