US Missile Interceptor Test off the Hawaiian Coast Fails

US Army personnel stands at the red carpet ahead an inauguration ceremony of the US anti-missile station Aegis Ashore Romania at the military base in Deveselu Romania

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has not confirmed the failure of Wednesday's test but say a trial took place.

Citing administration officials, CNN reports the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA, created to intercept ballistic missiles, did not successful hit its target. This was also the first time an SM-3 Block IIA missile was launched from land using the Aegis Ashore test complex. However, much was still learned that demonstrated an increase in the effective range of the overall ballistic missile defense system.

It was unclear why the test failed and an analysis was underway, the official said.

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The test came after the United States approved a plan in early January to sell four SM-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan as the allies look to counter the rising missile and nuclear threat posed by North Korea.

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 US would simply prefer to keep these failures close to the chest.

The Missile Defence Agency is considering several locations to install a new Terminal High Altitude Air Defence (THAAD) interceptor system similar to the one which protects South Korea against a potential attack from the North, according to congressmen Mike Rogers and Adam Smith. The SM-3 IIA will have to be tested again at Kauai before that happens.

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The a year ago has seen ramped-up North Korean missile launches, some of them over Japanese territory, and its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

The sole-source contract covers continued management of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense, the USA system for intercepting incoming warheads in space. The false warning, which comes amid continued tensions with North Korea, set off panic on the islands.

In Tokyo, a Defense Ministry source said Japan needs to examine the test results on its own even though the system is being jointly developed with the United States. "The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, the only thing capable of shooting down ICBM-range missiles, has a successful testing record of just over 50%".

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