03 Feb '18, 12pm

Pentagon Confirms Failure of Missile Defense Test off Kauai

Pentagon Confirms Failure of Missile Defense Test off Kauai

The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that a key missile defense test off Kauai failed early Wednesday. The outcome of such flight intercept tests -- whether a success or failure -- is usually reported by the agency that conducts them, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. But that wasn't the case after the $30 million SM-3 Block IIA missile did not intercept an intermediate-range ballistic missile target in its first-ever launch from Kauai's Aegis Ashore facility. "It did not meet our objectives, but we learn something all the time with these tests and we learned something from this one. And we'll continue to improve our capabilities," Pentagon chief spokesperson Dana White said during Friday's press briefing. The Missile Defense Agency put out a statement after the test that said only: "The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test ...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/02/03/pentagon-c...

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