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Ballistic Missile Defense System engages 5 targets simultaneously during largest missile defense flight test in history

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from Meck Island on its way to intercept of a ballistic missile target during MDA's historic flight test on Oct. 24, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Hall)



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Date Taken:10.25.2012

Date Posted:10.25.2012 02:22

Photo ID:766857

VIRIN:121024-N-#####-002

Resolution:2500x1664

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Location:MECK ISLAND, MH

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