Missile defense to be deployed in Guam

Published On: Apr 03 2013 09:02:48 AM HST
Updated On: Apr 03 2013 12:14:51 PM HST
WASHINGTON -

The Department of Defense says it will deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeks as a precautionary move to strengthen our regional defense posture against the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat.

The THAAD system is a land-based missile defense system that includes a truck-mounted launcher, a complement of interceptor missiles, an AN/TPY-2 tracking radar, and an integrated fire control system.  This deployment will strengthen defense capabilities for American citizens in the U.S. Territory of Guam and U.S. forces stationed there.

The Department of Defense says the United States continues to urge the North Korean leadership to cease provocative threats and choose the path of peace by complying with its international obligations

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