Missile Interceptor Test Ends in Failure

Radar system problems apparently caused a long-range missile interceptor to fail to hit its target during a test yesterday, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, Dec. 15, 2009).

The target missile was fired at about 3:40 p.m. from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, followed six minutes later by the launch of a Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The missile and target functioned as anticipated but there were problems with the Sea-Based X-band radar and the weapon missed its objective, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Agency officials plan to make a full inquiry to identify the root of the test failure (Associated Press/Washington Post, Jan. 31).

February 1, 2010
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Radar system problems apparently caused a long-range missile interceptor to fail to hit its target during a test yesterday, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, Dec. 15, 2009).