Fake enemy missile to be launched from Kodiak

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2003

KODIAK (AP) A simulated enemy ballistic missile will blast off in November from the Kodiak Launch Complex if all goes well.

It is the first scheduled Kodiak launch of this type from the Missile Defense Agency since a similar test failed two years ago.

The launch is part of testing for the Ground Based Midcourse Defense Program.

The missile is a three-stage solid-fuel rocket with a dummy warhead. According to the Alaska Aerospace Development Corp., the public agency that owns the Kodiak launch facility, it will be targeted toward an impact point in the ocean near the Reagan Test Site in the western Pacific.

The launch is a test of the prototype radars for the anti-missile system, said Rick Lehner of the missile defense agency. It will test improvements to tracking, data collection and communications that will be used on future launches from Kodiak.

The launch will not require building new silos and is not affected by the still incomplete Environmental Impact Statement for silos at the Kodiak Launch Complex. Military and government leaders have yet to decide whether Kodiak will play a role in the intercepting missile system.

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