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Friday, July 5, 2013
Missile defense test fails to intercept target
U.S. military is launching an extensive review of their missile
defense system to determine why a flight test on Friday failed to
intercept a target over the Pacific Ocean.
Missile Defense Agency conducted an integrated exercise and flight
test Friday of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense element of the
nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System. “Although a primary
objective was the intercept of a long-range ballistic missile target
launched from the U.S. Army's Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll,
Republic of the Marshall Islands, an intercept was not achieved,”
the Department of Defense said in a press release. The interceptor
missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. “Program
officials will conduct an extensive review to determine the cause or
causes of any anomalies which may have prevented a successful
Air Force 30th Space Wing, Joint Functional Component Command,
Integrated Missile Defense and U.S. Northern Command participated in the test.