US Missile Defense System Fails Latest Test

Saul Bowman
February 4, 2018

A USA official says a missile interceptor failed to hit its target in a test conducted in Hawaii on Wednesday. The missile test failure comes at a time when the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang are running extremely high.

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

The missile test failure has renewed concerns about the ability of the US defense systems to thwart an attack from North Korea in the US West coast or any other American city.

The test has been said by defense analysts and weapon systems analysts to be synonymous with an attempting to hit one bullet using another bullet.

The Missile Defence Agency did not comment on the outcome of the test, but confirmed that one had taken place. "It is a very expensive system and it would be undesirable for the credibility of the missile to be hurt", the source said.

U.S. Department of Defense officials are looking over the test to find out what went wrong.

Pyongyang has test-fired ballistic missiles on lofted trajectories into the sea around Japan multiple times, and officials said it would be very hard for Japan's current anti-missile defense systems to shoot them down if they were to threaten the country's territory.

According to a USA government official from the Department of Defense, an interceptor missile missed its designated target in a test in the coast of Hawaii on Wednesday.

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.

Tokyo now plans to upgrade its missiles and introduce the Aegis Ashore systems to beef up its defense capability and ease the burden on Maritime Self-Defense Forces personnel on Aegis destroyers. If confirmed, the test would be the second unsuccessful trial for the Raytheon-made missile in the past year.

President Donald Trump has praised the United Nations for voting unanimously for tough new sanctions to be imposed on North Korea.

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