The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) plans to test the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defense system early this month, a spokesman confirmed to Aviation Week. The move comes as tensions with North Korea mount over Pyongyang’s July 4 launch of a two-stage intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), called “Hwasong 14,” believed to be the country’s first military-grade ICBM. The range of the weapon is estimated to be more than 6,000 km (3,700 mi), ...

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