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Missile launched in defense test misses target over the pacific

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(Image: Missile Defense Agency) May 16, 2013 - A Standard Missile - 3 (SM-3) Block 1B interceptor is launched from the USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy test in the mid-Pacific. (Image: Missile Defense Agency) May 16, 2013 - A Standard Missile - 3 (SM-3) Block 1B interceptor is launched from the USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy test in the mid-Pacific.

An interceptor missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Friday in an integrated exercise and flight test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Although a primary objective was the intercept of a long-range ballistic missile target launched from the U.S. Army's Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, an intercept was not achieved.

The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, Joint Functional Component Command, Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC IMD) and U.S. Northern Command conducted the exercise.

Program officials will conduct an extensive review to determine the cause or causes of any anomalies which may have prevented a successful intercept.

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