Monday, February 14, 2005

Missile defense system flunks test - Feb 14, 2005

An AP story on CNN reports yet another failure.

"A test of the U.S. missile defense system failed Monday when an interceptor missile did not launch from its island base in the Pacific Ocean, the military said. It was the second failure in months for the experimental program. A statement from the Missile Defense Agency said the cause of the failure was under investigation."

"A spokesman for the agency, Rick Lehner, said the early indications was that there was a malfunction with the ground support equipment at the test range on Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands, not with the missile interceptor itself. If verified, that would be a relief for program officials because it would mean no new problems had been discovered with the missile. Previous failures of these high-profile, $85 million (euro 65.55 million) test launches have been regarded as significant setbacks by critics of the program."

My recent posts on BMD tests are here and here.



Comment by Blogger Jim Horning:

See also the New York Times article by David Stout. [Free registration required. Fee for access after seven days.]

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