missile defense test failed in Hawaii early Weds. Pentagon not publicly
acknowledging key ballistic missile defense test failure & officials tell
there is a decision to not talk about it, in part because of sensitivities
surrounding North Korea.
· Jongno-gu, Republic of Korea
Its important to note that a number of factors apart from the missile could be to blame for the failed test. The targeting and fire control radars, or the Navy’s AEGIS system could also have caused the failed test.
An SM-3 Block IIA test in June failed after a sailor on the destroyer John Paul Jones mistakenly triggered the missile’s self-destruct mechanism.
The missile successfully intercepted a ballistic missile target last February in a test launch. The missile is
being developed by Raytheon and is a joint project between the U.S. and
Japan, designed to counter rising missile threats from North Korea and