An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile being launched during an operational test Wednesday May 22, 2013, from Launch Facility-4 on Vandenberg AFB, Calif. US News and World Report
Key U.S. Missile Interceptor Test Fails, Pentagon Says -- Reuters
(Reuters) - A test of the only U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles failed on Friday, the third consecutive failure involving the interceptor system managed by Boeing Co, the Defense Department said.
"Program officials will conduct an extensive review to determine the cause or causes of any anomalies which may have prevented a successful intercept," it said in a statement.
The military has tested the so-called ground-based midcourse defense system 16 times. It has succeeded eight times, with the last intercept in December 2008.
The Pentagon said this week that the test would not affect its decision to bolster the U.S. missile defense system. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the move in March following threats by North Korea.
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Missile Defense Interceptor Misses Target in Test -- New York Times
Ground-based missile defense test misses target over Pacific -- Honolulu Star Advertiser
Missile designed to intercept nukes fails weapon test -- FOX News
U.S. Missile Defense System Test Fails to Hit Long-Range Target -- PJ Media
Missile Defense Agency Tests New Missile Friday Afternoon -- US News and World Report