|MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS||April 14, 1999|
The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's National Missile Defense (NMD) Joint Program Office is scheduled to conduct the first test involving an intercept of a ballistic missile target this summer.
Program officials are currently working towards a flight test in mid-to-late August, dependent upon their confidence that all assets are ready to support the flight test. The test will involve the launch of a target missile from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and a prototype interceptor from Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. Originally scheduled for mid-June, the NMD program manager and the Boeing Co., NMD Lead Systems Integrator (LSI), made the decision that additional time is needed to complete detailed systems checks and inspections prior to the test. Plans also had to take into account the availability of the Kwajalein Missile Range, preparation of the target missile at Vandenberg AFB, and the readiness and availability of the many different evaluative, command and control, documentation, and operational assets required for the test.
Point of contact for the NMD Program Office is Lt. Col. Rick Lehner, (703) 604-3186.