The U.S. military says it carried out a test to shoot down an incoming dummy missile from Hawaii on Wednesday, Jan. 31, and one unnamed official said that the test failed.
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.
Raytheon is developing the new missile, used to target intermediate-range missiles. It’s being developed in Japan, Reuters reported.
In August 2017, the United States successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile in Hawaii.
But DefenseNews.com reported that the latest failure is the second unsuccessful test in the past 12 months.
And on Jan. 13, a worker in Hawaii issued a false alarm for an incoming missile attack, prompting widespread panic for several minutes.