Last spring, the U.S. military successfully tested the anti-missile defense system to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) over the Pacific Ocean.
The Missile Defense Agency, which manages USA missile defense systems, issued a statement saying the interceptor was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii, but did not reveal the outcome.
The technology is being developed in cooperation with Japan, and will be deployed on land as well as aboard ships.
An official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a SM-3 Block IIA missile was launched from an Aegis Ashore test site in Hawaii, but failed to hit another missile launched from an aircraft. 3 Block IIA missile that missed its target is made by Raytheon Corp. In the last year, the USA has experienced two missile interceptor test failures including the one on Wednesday while the last one was in June last year.
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A secret USA military test to shoot down an incoming missile has failed, according to reports, raising concerns about the threat posed by North Korea.
The US military unsuccessfully tested the American missile defense system Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex.
This time, however, the Pentagon isn't even acknowledging the test took place.
The SM-3 Block IIA is an improved version of the SM-3 missile.
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Pyongyang has test-fired ballistic missiles on lofted trajectories into the sea around Japan multiple times, and officials said it would be very hard for Japan's current anti-missile defense systems to shoot them down if they were to threaten the country's territory.
The failed test comes as the second one in less than a year.
In his first State of the Union speech to the US Congress, Trump's tough rhetoric underscored persistent tensions despite recent talks between North and South Korea that led to Pyongyang's agreement to participate in next months Winter Olympic Games hosted by Seoul.