Rush construction at Alaska’s NMD site
The silos at Fort Greely, Alaska, that will house America’s new missile defense system should be finished by Sept. 30, 2004.
Six silo sites have already been excavated, fitted with a liner and capped for the winter. Additional sites will be excavated this summer, when another missile field is cleared for future work. Construction is also under way on support facilities at the base.
The Anchorage Daily News said this means missiles could be launched to test the system by 2005.
The U.S. goal is to have 10 interceptor sites operational in 2004, four at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and six at Fort Greely. Those first six interceptors at Fort Greely are intended to protect against long-range missile attacks from so-called rogue enemies sending missiles into U.S. airspace.