According to a US government official from the Department of Defense, an interceptor missile missed its designated target in a test in the coast of Hawaii on Wednesday. The missile test failure has renewed concerns about the ability of the US defense systems to thwart an attack from North Korea in the US West coast or any other American city. The official from the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia noted that the SM-3 Block IIA missile interceptor that has been contracted to the Raytheon Corporation for development was launched from a Hawaii-based test site.
The test has been said by defense analysts and weapon systems analysts to be synonymous with an attempting to hit one bullet using another bullet. In the last year, the US has experienced two missile interceptor test failures including the one on Wednesday while the last one was in June last year. One of the spokespersons for the Missile Defence Agency, Mark Wright, has issued a confirmation that the live missile flight test took place off the coast of Hawaii. However, Mr. Wright did not confirm that the intercept missile test turned out to be a failure.
Two officials from the Defense Department who sought to have their identities withheld said that the interceptor missile had failed to neutralize the incoming missile which was a dummy. The two Defense Department officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they do not have the relevant authorization to speak publicly about the interceptor missile tests and whether they succeeded or failed. The missile test failure comes at a time when the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang are running extremely high. It was, however, some routine for the missile defense system that defense experts say that it currently lacks the requisite capacity to provide a defensive shield on the west coast of the United States against attacks from North Korea or any other enemy.
Only 50% of all the tests that have been conducted by the agency since it was instituted 13 years ago have been successfully or partly. The US performed a successful missile intercept of medium-range ballistic missile off the Hawaiian coast last year in August. In November of 2017, Kim Jong Un tested a ballistic missile that flew longer and at higher attitudes as compared to previous tests. Missile systems analysts have predicted that the missile launched by Pyongyang had flown to a range that was more than 8,000 miles and had the capacity of hitting Washington DC or any other city in the United States.