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An interceptor missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on Wednesday. The test failed.

A test of the United States’ only long-range missile defense system failed Wednesday – the second failure this year in two tries.

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency said both the intermediate-range ballistic missile target and the long-range interceptor missile launched successfully, radar and sensors worked properly and the “kill vehicle” deployed. But the “kill vehicle” didn’t hit the target.

“Program officials will conduct an extensive investigation to determine the cause of the failure to intercept the target,” the agency said. “The next flight test will be determined after identification of the cause of the failure.”

The last test, in January, failed because of a problem with the sea-based X-band radar, the agency said.

The X-band radar sits atop a modified floating oil platform and provides information about incoming missiles so military officials can launch a response.

In both Wednesday’s test and the test launched earlier this year, the target missile launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The $100 billion missile shield program has had numerous problems. In December 2008, an interceptor launched from Vandenburg “killed” a target launched from Kodiak, Alaska. But the test wasn’t able to determine a key aspect — whether the interceptor could tell the difference between a decoy and a real missile — because the decoy failed to launch.

Riki Ellison, chairman and founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for the deployment of missile defense systems, said the failure “is a tremendous setback,” noting three major test failures in the past two years.

Ellison said many of the country’s interceptors are nearly identical to the one that failed Wednesday, and he questioned the military’s confidence in the ground-based system deployed in Alaska and California.

So far, the Defense Department has deemed eight of the program’s 15 tests successful.


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One Response to " US test of long-range missile defense test fails "

  1. Patrick says:

    haha, maybe the US-Federal-Empire should hire some Iranian scientist, if you go to Science Check or Wilkipidia Iran the last 10 years is the fastest evolving country in the world in the science and economic fields.

    They have had more then 20 major break through’s in Nano Technology in just the last 14 months alone.

    I think the US should contract out Iran.
    They know what they are doing in long range defense.
    That even Israel is afraid to launch their Planned Genocide against the Persian people.

    Now that is Unity and Commitment to ones people.
    I cannot help but respect Iranians.
    I cannot respect the people living and pooping in the US any longer.
    If we cannot defend our Ethnic people, then we are nothing as a people any longer.
    And it is time for us to be killed off, and allow those with enough respect to defend their ethnic peoples to go on living in peace.

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