Alaska Guard Soldiers Protect the Homeland
Photo Credit: Fred W. Baker III
Col. Thom M. Besch, Missile Defense Agency Alaska region director, describes components of the ground-based missile interceptor. While the interceptors look like missiles, no explosive warheads are attached. The 54-foot-6-inch main body acts as a booster vehicle, propelling into space the embedded kill vehicle, which basically steers itself into the path of an oncoming warhead, causing an explosion on impact.
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