Reagan Test Site

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The U.S. Army Reagan Test Site (RTS) -- officially-designated the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site -- for the U.S. National Missile Defense (NMD) program is located at the Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. [1]

According to the RTS website, RTS is a "premiere asset within the Department of Defense Major Range and Test Facility Base. The unquestioned value of RTS to the MRTFB is based upon its strategic geographical location, unique instrumentation, and unsurpassed capability to support ballistic missile testing and space operations. With nearly 40 years of successful support, RTS provides a vital role in the research, development, test and evaluation effort of America's missile defense and space programs." [2]

Mission

The mission of the Reagan Test Site is "to provide a Major Range Test Facility Base (MRTFB) activity on Kwajalein Atoll and Wake Island to support [3]

  • Operational and Developmental Testing of
  • Theater Ballistic Missiles
  • Strategic Ballistic Missiles
  • Theater and Strategic Missile Interceptors
  • NASA Space Operations and Experiments
  • STRACOM
  • Near Earth Surveillance
  • Deep Space Surveillance
  • Satellite Tracking and New Foreign Launch Coverage

Contact details

URL: http://www.smdc.army.mil/RTS.html

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