The US Army has received a second GMD System Trainer (GST) for the Ground-based Midcourse Defence (GMD) system from Boeing at the Fort Greely anti-ballistic missile launch site.

Boeing designed and delivered the GST in cooperation with industry teammates and the US Missile Defense Agency.

Boeing GMD programme vice-president Norm Tew said the GST offers warfighters at Fort Greely the flexibility to train in a multitude of conditions and operating environments, improving the Missile Defense Agency’s ability to stay ahead of evolving threats.

The second GST allows the Alaska National Guard operators to train independently or in collaboration with the existing training operations at the Missile Defence Element in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The GST consoles enable the warfighters to exercise their standard tactics, techniques and procedures, and conduct simulated ballistic missile threat scenarios.

Boeing GMD Ground Systems director Paul Smith said GMD system uses single or dual fire-control nodes and engages in more realistic training conditions providing the soldiers with an unmatched level of support and readiness.

GMD, which is an integral part of the Global Ballistic Missile Defense System, incorporates radars, sensors, command-and-control facilities, communications terminals and a 20,000-mile fibre optic communications network.