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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 024-00
January 19, 2000

NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE CONDUCTS INTERCEPT TEST

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's (BMDO) National Missile Defense (NMD) Joint Program Office announced it performed a test today involving a planned intercept of a ballistic missile target over the central Pacific Ocean. An intercept was not achieved. A modified Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile, with a target vehicle was launched from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. at 6:19 p.m., PST, and a prototype interceptor was launched approximately 20 minutes later and about 4,300 miles away from Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

This is a joint program involving the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy.

Government and industry program officials will conduct an extensive review of the test results to determine the reason(s) for not achieving an intercept and any other test objectives that were or were not met. It could be several weeks until the review is completed.

Points of contact are Cheryl Irwin, OSD Public Affairs, at (703) 697-5331 or Lt. Col. Rick Lehner, BMDO External Affairs, at (703) 695-8743 or (703) 604-3186.

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