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Missile Defense Agency confirms failed test off Kauai

04 February 2018, 01:14 | Katrina Lee

Raytheon's SM-3 Block IIA is developed and manufactured at Redstone Arsenal

Raytheon's SM-3 Block IIA is developed and manufactured at Redstone Arsenal

This test was unusual compared to previous intercept launches, primarily because it relied on shore-based Aegis assets - a missile defense platform developed for use on military ships.

"It did not meet our objectives, but we learn something all the time with these tests and we learned something from this one".

Earlier on Wednesday, Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said the company had met "our commitment to the Missile Defense Agency to have 44 ground-based interceptors in place by the end of 2017".

Two officials from the Defense Department who sought to have their identities withheld said that the interceptor missile had failed to neutralize the incoming missile which was a dummy.

It had been hoped that the SM-3 Block IIA missile, which is the brainchild of United States and Japanese weapons manufacturers, could provide an effective defence against North Korea's increasingly sophisticated intercontinental ballistics capabilities.

If confirmed, the test would be the second time this year that the missile, made by Raytheon, failed to intercept its target during tests.

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A missile interceptor failed to hit its target in a test conducted over Hawaii on Wednesday, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency says.

Pyongyang has test-fired ballistic missiles on lofted trajectories into the sea around Japan multiple times, and officials said it would be very hard for Japan's current anti-missile defense systems to shoot them down if they were to threaten the country's territory.

The minister noted the latest test had focused on coordination between the missile, radar and missile system, adding that the U.S. authorities were now looking into the details of the experiment.

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The failed test comes as the second one in less than a year.

In his first State of the Union speech to Congress, Trump's tough rhetoric underscored persistent tensions despite recent talks between North and South Korea that led to Pyongyang's agreement to participate in next month's Winter Olympic Games in the South.



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