The missile defense test carried out by the US military on Hawaiian territory on Wednesday (31/1), failed, Pentagon spokesman Dana White said Thursday (1/2).
" The test did not reach the target, but we always learned something from some of these trials and we also learned something from this experiment, "White said.
The Missile Defense Agency or MDA says a Standard IO Block 3 Block IIA or SM-3 was launched from a facility in Hawaii and attempted to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile during the test.
This is the first time a SM-3 missile was launched from land use Aegis Ashore's testing system, MDA said. The agency is investigating the cause of the failure.
Japan plans to purchase a ground-based Aegis Ashore system to improve defense against North Korea, and the missiles used in this test are still under development.
The missile defense system tested on Wednesday can be used in the Western Pacific region. However, this system is not a weapon used to protect the mainland against inter-continental ballistic missiles or ICBMs being developed by North Korea.
"The primary system used to protect against North Korean ICBM attacks on the mainland is ground-based interceptors, and is located in Fort Greely, Alaska, and also in California, "Lieutenant General Kenneth" Frank "McKenzie told reporters on Thursday. "It was not a tested missile."
The Americans once successfully intercepted an intermediate-range missile from USS John Paul Jones off the coast of Hawaii in a test in August 2017.
But about a month before the successful launch, a the SM-3 missile test failed due to an input error by a sailor aboard the ship, causing the missile to self-destruct before reaching the target, according to the MDA. [ps/jm]