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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 128-97
March 21, 1997

PATRIOT INTERCEPTS SCUD DURING TEST

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command announced today that a Patriot missile successfully intercepted and engaged a SCUD ballistic missile target during a test yesterday in the central Pacific Ocean.

The Patriot missile, an upgraded guidance enhanced missile version of the Patriot used during the Gulf War in 1991, was launched from Meck Island in Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The SCUD missile was launched from Aur Atoll. Patriot's guidance and control system locked onto the Scud, successfully engaging the target with a blast fragmentation warhead at very close range.

This was the second successful intercept of a SCUD target missile in two attempts. The first intercept took place on February 7, 1997 in the same test location.

For additional information, contact Lt Col. Rick Lehner, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, at (703) 695-8743.

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