Test of rocket designed to intercept ballistic missiles fails after Kauai launch

Test of rocket designed to intercept ballistic missiles fails after Kauai launch

BARKING SANDS, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A missile test that was conducted off Kauai by the U.S. military on Wednesday was unsuccessful, officials said.

The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA is designed to intercept ballistic missiles. It took off from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, which is a test site.

Defense officials said this was the first time they used both ground and space-based sensors to remotely cue the launch. This was also the first time a SM-3 Block IIA missile was launched from land.

"We always make progress every time we conduct a test," said MDA Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, in a statement. "While we are disappointed that we did not demonstrate a successful intercept, we did demonstrate significant advances in capability and collected valuable test data that will allow us to further improve our capability and capacity of the ballistic missile defense system."

The launch was part of the Navy's Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex.

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