January 26 ABM Agency (MDA) at Vandenberg Air Force Base (Calif.) conducted a successful test of a three-stage ground-based interceptor missile GBI (Ground-Based Interceptor).
These flight tests will be used to assess flight characteristics of extraterrestrial destruction EKV (Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle). EKV is designed to hit targets with a direct hit. Technical data of the tests will be used to improve reliability in future trials interception.
In flight test was not supposed to defeat the purpose. After performing three-flight maneuvers antimissile EKV led to the clearing point. EKV after separation from the missile to perform different maneuvers planned for data collection.
This test GM CTV-01 (Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Control Test Vehicle) is part of an extensive series of tests after a bad test FTG-06a (Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor) in December 2010. To test GM CTV-01 EKV system was refined on the basis of the findings of poor test FTG-06a. This test is a fundamental first step to return to the GMD missile test successful interception.