US seeks consultation on missile defence trials at Guam

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is giving the people of Guam 30 days for public consultation on a decade-long proposal to test missile defences at Guam.

The US territory of Guam is key location for US forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific.

The intention is to launch two test flights per year for the next ten years.

According to Kuam News, landowners along the boundaries of Andersen Air Force Base in Yigo are being given notice and time to provide public comment.

“This comes after the Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency notified the administration on a proposed final environmental assessment and proposed finding of no significant impact to conduct up to two flight tests or tracking exercises,” the news outlet reported.

Electronic submissions for the missile defence trials at Guam opened 3 June and runs until 2 July.

The most recent proposals to increase Guam’s missile defence came under the Biden administration in 2022, which cited the defence of Guam against missile threats from China as a motivating factor for a $892m investment.

According to the news on Radio New Zealand

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