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29 November 2001

U.S. To Conduct Missile Defense Test December 1

(Test is in compliance with ABM Treaty, Pentagon says) (210)

Washington -- The United States will conduct its fifth ballistic
missile defense test December 1 at a test range over the Pacific
Ocean, says Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke.

"It is scheduled for Saturday night," Clarke told reporters at the
November 29 Pentagon briefing. Previously, the missile test was
scheduled for October 24, but was held up by technical problems.

In this test, a missile interceptor will be fired from Kwajalein Atoll
in the Marshall Islands to hit and kill a modified Minuteman
intercontinental ballistic missile carrying a mock warhead launched
from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a Pentagon official
said. The objective of the test is to determine if a missile
interceptor can destroy an inbound intercontinental ballistic missile
during the midcourse phase of the target warhead's flight, the
Pentagon said.

It is the first test since a similar successful test conducted on July
14, and is in compliance with the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
between the United States and the former Soviet Union, the Pentagon
said.

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