Secret missile defence test by U.S. military fails

Marsha Scott
February 2, 2018

It is unclear why the test failed and an analysis is under way, the official said.

Wright said the test was of an SM-3 Block IIA missile, made by arms giant Raytheon and created to intercept intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The missile is used to target intermediate range missiles.

The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor serves a critical piece for the European missile defense system, and according to Raytheon's website is on track for 2018 deployment at sea and on land in Poland.

A Japanese Defense Ministry source said Japan needs to examine the test results on its own even though the system is jointly developed with the United States.

A defense missile test conducted Wednesday morning off Kauai was reportedly unsuccessful. Island News confirmed the test took place off Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands, and both CNN and the Associated Press report the interceptor, known as Standard Missile-3 Block IIA, missed its target.

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Hawaii's Emergency Management initially blamed the worker for pushing the wrong button, but investigators now say the man actually believed there was a missile heading for Hawaii.

A spokesperson at the Defense Department told International Business Times they had no comment on the matter.

"The reports from the FCC and the state of Hawaii demonstrate systems and judgment failures on multiple levels, and they reinforce my belief that missile alerts should be handled by the federal government", said U.S. Sen. Domestic officials say it is created to be capable of intercepting a ballistic missile flying on a "lofted trajectory", which falls toward a target at much higher speed than those fired on a normal trajectory.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, whose government was branded as "depraved" by President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address.

Confidence in the $36 billion missile defense system was bolstered last week by a new assessment from the Pentagon's operational testing director based on the successful interception in May of a dummy warhead.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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