The US has announced plans to reject the deployment of the fourth stage of the missile defense system in Europe and to refocus towards protection against potential North Korea missile attacks. Infographics by TASS
“Russia is working on an equivalent of the THAAD missile defense complex, which is capable of intercepting ballistic intermediate range missiles and, to a certain extent, warheads of inter-continental ballistic missiles. It will undergo testing soon,” Sozinov said.
Russia is also creating an equivalent of another US missile defense complex GMD with the ground-based interceptor (GBI) missile,” he added.
The THAAD system is meant to protect the forces of the United States and its allies, and also cities and key facilities from all types of ballistic missiles. It intercepts the warhead in final phase of its path during the last minute of approach to target. Reports of plans for deploying THAAD launchers in South Korea have drawn angry protests from the neighboring countries. The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned that this measure might trigger an arms race in the region.
The GMD intercepts intercontinental missiles in the mid-course phase with ground-based interceptor missiles stationed in Alaska and California.