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The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), U.S. Army Soldiers from the 94th and 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC); U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and airmen from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center successfully conducted the largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted resulting in the simultaneous engagement of five ballistic missile and cruise missile targets. Available in High Definition.


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Date Taken:10.24.2012

Date Posted:10.26.2012 7:20PM

Category:B-Roll

Video ID:159415

VIRIN:121026-A-MD123-001

Filename:DOD_100599096

Length:00:01:40

Location:US

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