U.S. Air Force base prepares unprecedented missile launch

CBS News

LOS ANGELES —  Vandenberg Air Force Base in Central California is preparing to launch a missile designed to shoot down an incoming warhead.

CBS Los Angeles reports a Ground-based Interceptor, which is scheduled to be launched between noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday, is part of a missile defense test, according to the Air Force base.

The goal of the unprecedented launch is to simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said last week.  

Vandenberg said the missile will attempt to fly over the Pacific Ocean and intercept some sort of “target object” being launched from the central Pacific Ocean.

While the launch can be seen from Los Angeles, enthusiasts likely will not be able to see when the missile and the target collide.


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