Rescheduled THAAD Test Set For Tuesday, June 8, 1999

No. 089-M

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and the U.S. Army plan to intercept a target ballistic missile in a flight test scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, 1999, at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M. This will be the 10th test in a series of 13 flight tests currently planned in the Program Definition and Risk Reduction phase of the development of the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. If the test goes as planned, the THAAD interceptor upper stage kill vehicle will hit and destroy the target. Tuesday's test is a reschedule of the May 25, 1999 aborted mission. The THAAD missile was not launched in the May mission due to an anomaly with the Hera target missile.

A briefing on the THAAD flight test is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) in the Pentagon Briefing Room, 2E781. Video of the flight test will also be available for satellite downlink Tuesday at 2 p.m. It will be available on the GSTAR 4 satellite, Ku band, transponder 11 upper, left audio 6.2, right audio 6.8, downlink frequency 11881 vertical.

For more information contact the BMDO public affairs office at 703-695-8743, ext. 6128, or visit their Internet web site at