As tensions in the South China Sea rise, Biden’s Space Force launches a new interceptor missile.
The US Space Force, led by Vice President Joe Biden, has launched a new interceptor missile from the Vanderberg Space Force Base, enhancing the country’s ability to defend against long-range strikes.
The missile was launched by the US Missile Defense Agency from a silo at the Space Force Base in California. “Team Vandenberg has a long history of partnering with our Missile Defense Agency partners to ensure safe launch operations for missile defense tests,” said Colonel Robert Long, commander of Space Launch Delta 30. Working with our mission partners on this critical national security test is an honor for Space Launch Delta 30.”
The military had ordered seafarers to stay away from the area off the shore near the northern part of the base, according to Noozhawk.
The test was originally scheduled for 2020, but was postponed owing to a lack of ground-based interceptor hardware and software, according to the Government Accountability Office.
The missile is part of the GMD system (Ground-based Midcourse Defense).
Its purpose is to protect the United States from long-range missile threats.
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The drill comes after US naval ships arrived in the South China Sea for the first time since being deployed, with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group.
“The freedom of all nations to sail in international seas is critical, and especially vital in the South China Sea, where about a third of global marine trade transits each year,” the group’s commander, Rear Admiral Dan Martin, said in a statement.
The decision comes at a time when military tensions in the South China Sea are at an all-time high.
The South China Sea is a critical waterway through which one-third of all global shipping passes, worth more than £2.9 trillion ($4 trillion) in trade.
China has already established a presence on 20 islands in the region, whether through navy and air bases or continual patrols.
In the event of a crisis, US fighter jets have already conducted drills to prove interoperability.
“We want fierce competition – we do not seek conflict,” Vice President Kamala Harris reminded China last month during her tour of Singapore and Vietnam.
“However, on topics like the South China Sea, which you highlight, we will speak out.”
“Brinkwire Summary News” reports that the action comes after military tensions between the two countries have risen.