U.S. PACIFIC MISSILE DEFENSE TEST SATURDAY

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 30, 2001 – Radio Australia)---The military plans another test of its ground-based missile defense system Saturday with an attempted interception of a dummy warhead over the Pacific.

The test, which follows a successful interception on July 14, would be only the fifth time the Pentagon has attempted to intercept a target intercontinental missile with a ground based interceptor.

As in the previous tests, the interceptor missile will be fired at a dummy warhead boosted into space from a launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The interceptor missile will be fired from Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands.

Two previous attempts at interceptions have succeeded and two have failed.

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