KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency says at approximately 3:53 a.m. (HST), a Standard Missile 3 interceptor missile failed to hit its target over the Pacific Ocean.
According to the agency, the short-range ballistic missile target was launched from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.
Approximately 90 seconds later, a SM-3 Block 1B interceptor missile was launched from the cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70), but the intercept missile missed its target.
This was the first flight test of the advanced SM-3 Block 1B interceptor missile.
Program officials will conduct an extensive investigation to determine the cause of the failure to intercept.
According to the Pentagon, there have been 22 successful intercepts in 27 at-sea attempts since Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense flight testing began in 2002, including the successful intercept of a malfunctioning U.S. satellite by a specially modified SM-3 Block 1A missile in February, 2008.