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Aegis Ashore-launched SM-3 Block IIA fails to intercept target in BMD test

01 February 2018

A Raytheon Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA interceptor failed to hit its target during a ballistic missile defence (BMD) test off the coast of Hawaii on 31 January, the US Missile Defence Agency (MDA) said.

The BMD systems and tests for the Aegis Ashore systems’ SM-3 interceptors are jointly operated by the MDA and the US Navy (USN).

USN officials directed all enquiries about the test and any possible failure to the MDA, whose spokesman, Mark Wright, said only that MDA officials and USN sailors “manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defence Test Complex [AAMDTC] conducted a live-fire missile flight test using a Standard-Missile-3 Block 2A missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, Wednesday morning”.

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