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USA's missile defense system test fails

USA's missile defense system test fails”

In a test of the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor conducted last July, a sailor responsible for maintaining encrypted data exchanges between ships and aircraft mistakenly identified the incoming target as a friendly aircraft.

The agency, which manages USA missile defense systems, issued a statement saying the interceptor was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii.

This was also the first time an SM-3 Block IIA missile was launched from land using the Aegis Ashore test complex.

The missile, which is being developed by Raytheon Co, is used to target intermediate range missiles and is being developed with Japan.

Earlier on Wednesday, Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said the company had met "our commitment to the Missile Defense Agency to have 44 ground-based interceptors in place by the end of 2017".

It is the second test confirmed to have failed since rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea prompted the regime's leader Kim Jong Un to threaten using a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile against the United States mainland.

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The Pentagon is not publicly acknowledging the failure of a key ballistic missile defense test due to the sensitivity surrounding North Korea's participation in the upcoming Olympic Games.

The official from the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia noted that the SM-3 Block IIA missile interceptor that has been contracted to the Raytheon Corporation for development was launched from a Hawaii-based test site.

Two officials from the Defense Department who sought to have their identities withheld said that the interceptor missile had failed to neutralize the incoming missile which was a dummy.

Branding North Korea's leadership "depraved", President Donald Trump told Americans on Tuesday that Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear missiles could "very soon threaten our homeland" and vowed a continued campaign of maximum pressure to keep that from happening.

The reported failure comes as tensions with North Korea are high, and as Japan plans to buy the system for its own defence.



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