Located in a deep underground in remote wilderness in Alaska are heavily guarded ground-based interceptors (GBIs) that have the ability to shoot down a potential missile.
The Fort Greely in Alaska, located more than 500 kilometers north of Anchorage, is the U.S. Army’s launch site for anti-ballistic missiles. The said military base is believed to be America’s last line of defense against North Korea’s ballistic missile attacks. And its system stands ready for any eventuality to protect the U.S.
In a report by CNN, the military base is described as a “busier” site than how it appears outside, where 36-silo heavily guarded ground-based missile interceptors (GBIs) are installed with high-speed reaction to shoot down a missile in the air once a potential attack occurs.
The 100th Missile Defense Brigade commander, Colonel Kevin Kick gave CNN a tour of the base and revealed how the interceptor or the “kill vehicle” would operate.
Kick said the white shells surrounding the silos would open extremely quickly.
“Then immediately you’d see a flash of flame as that GBI would leave the tube at an incredible speed,” Kick said, adding that the inceptor is designed to shoot down and dismantle the nuclear weapon in space.
Kick firmly said that he is 100 percent confident that the missile system would work despite a mixed success rate during its testing.
The American forces have tested at least 18 missile launches and out of those times, the interceptors were able to shoot down only ten.
The base in Fort Greely was formerly used by the U.S. forces during the World War II, but it was shut down in 1995 to save more funds.
The army base was then reopened in 2002 after the United States withdrew its support from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The U.S. government has also seen central Alaska as a potential site for the missile base, given that it is situated at the top most part of America.
“Alaska is like the top of the world, and the only way you can view it as a missile defence benefit would be to look at a globe,” Missile Defense Agency in Alaska Ralph Scott said.
Fort Greely is 6,115 kilometers away from Pyongyang. Conditions are constantly freezing, even during summer season.
After the World War II, the Fort Greely was used as training ground for soldiers to teach them how to withstand the extreme cold-weather.
For now, the American government remains on high alert after North Korea launched a potentially-nuclear capable Hwasong-12- intermediate range missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, describing such action as a “meaningful prelude” to containing the U.S. territory of Guam.
North Korea’s launch of bombs in Japan sends a message by its supreme leader Kim Jong-Un that he opposes the recent bombing drills between the U.S. and South Korea, which have been conducted successfully recently.
Kim then vowed to launch more ballistic missiles in the Pacific Ocean, in response to the recent bombing drills.
Pyongyang’s recent missile launch was condemned by the United Nations Security Council and the International Community, describing it as an “outrageous” act.
In a separate event, the American Navy in Hawaii has successfully tested its own ballistic missile to send a strong message of defiance to Kim.
North Korea so far has tested several intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), those on July 4 and 28 and two previous missiles in 2016, resulting in an escalation of tension in the region.
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