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04 February 2018, 01:16 | Rufus Hill
U.S. Missile Defense System Fails Latest Test
The first phase of the SM-3 interceptor was the ship-based Aegis system that was deployed in 2011.
"The Missile Defence Agency and US Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defence Test Complex (AAMDTC) conducted a live-fire missile flight test using a Standard-Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, Wednesday morning", agency spokesman Mark Wright said.
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".
A similar test conducted in July ended in failure as well, though the Department of Defense reported that it was the result of human error, rather than an issue with the system.
The US conducted an unsuccessful missile defense test on Wednesday, as a missile launched from land failed to intercept an incoming target launched from an aircraft in Hawaii, according to several administration officials.
A secret United States military test to shoot down an incoming missile has failed, according to reports, raising concerns about the threat posed by North Korea. 3 Block IIA missile that missed its target is made by Raytheon Corp. The SM-3 IIA will have to be tested again at Kauai before that happens. It is a key element in the United States' defense against the intercontinental ballistic missiles that North Korea has threatened to launch against the nation. It successfully intercepted a ballistic missile target last February in a test launch.
It comes amid renewed fears over the nuclear ambitions of Mr Kim, who earlier this week ordered the test of a new long-range missile said to be capable of striking the entire U.S. mainland.
Branding North Korea's leadership as "depraved", U.S. President Donald Trump told Americans on Tuesday that Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear missiles could "very soon threaten our homeland" and vowed a continued campaign of maximum pressure to keep that from happening.
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