A U.S. warship failed to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile test target on Saturday, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency has said.
“The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, conducted Flight Test Aegis Weapon System 31 Event 1 on May 29, 2021.
The objective of the test was to demonstrate the capability of a ballistic missile defense (BMD)-configured Aegis ship to detect, track, engage and intercept a medium range ballistic missile target with a salvo of two Standard Missile-6 Dual II (BMD-initialized) missiles.
Program officials have initiated an extensive review to determine the cause of any problems which may have prevented a successful intercept and will thoroughly analyze the results”, the agency said in a statement.
“However, an intercept was not achieved,” it said without giving further details.
It is not known what the circumstances were or where this happened.
The MDA, an agency under the Department of Defense, routinely conducts missile defense tests.
It has previously conducted numerous successful intercept tests using types of SM-6 missiles.