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    An interceptor missile is fired from the US Navy Aegis cruiser USS Lake Erie, some 200 miles out at sea from Kauai, Hawaii

    New Version of US-Japan Interceptor Fails to Shoot Down Missile

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    The United States in cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Defense conducted a test of a new interceptor off the coast of Hawaii on Wednesday night, but the missile failed to intercept the target, the US Missile Defense Agency said in a release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The target, a medium-range ballistic missile, was launched from Kauai. The USS John Paul Jones detected and tracked it with AN/SPY-1 radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C2 weapon system.

    "Upon acquiring and tracking the target, the ship launched an SM-3 Block IIA guided missile, but the missile did not intercept the target," the release stated.

    The US Missile Defense Agency intends to conduct extensive analysis of the test data and complete a review. In February 2017, a similar intercept test was successful, according to the release.


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