Missile Defense Agency confirms failed test off Kauai
02 February, 2018, 21:46 | Author: Kristen Ingram
A missile launched from land failed to intercept an incoming target launched from an aircraft over Hawaii, according to several administration officials.
Wednesday's test was the missile system's first-ever flight from the Aegis Ashore facility at Kauai's Pacific Missile Range Facility, reports the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The official said test data is being analyzed to determine why the interceptor, known as a Standard Missile 3 Block IIA, did not hit the target.
The Department of Defence confirmed to CNN that a test had taken place, but did not mention the result. However, much was still learned that demonstrated an increase in the effective range of the overall ballistic missile defense system.
"The primary objective of the test was to intercept an air-launched intermediate-range ballistic missile target", the statement said. Japan also intends to buy the Aegis Ashore land-based system from the United States of America to enhance its own defenses against the DPRK.
It is unclear why the test failed and an analysis is under way, the official said.
Of course, with rumors of a North Korean military parade meant to highlight their growing suite of Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missiles expected to occur before the start of the Olympic Games in South Korea later this month, it's possible the USA would simply prefer to keep these failures close to the chest.
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In the past year, the authoritarian country has increased its missile launch tests, with some missiles flying over the territory of Japan.
Earlier this year, the U.S. government approved the sale of the anti-ballistic missiles to Japan to help defend itself against a growing North Korean threat.
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