US Military Test of Missile Defense Fails

February 1, 2018 Last Updated: February 1, 2018

The video shows the first intercept flight test of a US missile defense system.

The test, a failure, involved the launch of a land-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system from the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex in Kauai, Hawaii, on Dec. 10, 2015.

The US Navy also reportedly conducted a failed ballistic missile intercept test on Wednesday, Jan. 31, the second failed test involving a SM-3 Block IIA in a year.

One unnamed official said the test failed, NTD reported. The Missile Defense Agency acknowledged the existence of the test, but it didn’t say whether it failed.

“The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense 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,” Mark Wright, a spokesman for the agency, said in a statement to The Hill.

One U.S. official, speaking anonymously, told Reuters that a SM-3 Block IIA missile was fired from a test site in Hawaii. It failed to hit the dummy test missile that was launched from an aircraft. CNN also reported that the test failed.

In August 2017, the United States successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile in Hawaii.