A United States military SM-3 missile launched from a Aegis test site on Wednesday off the Hawaiian cost failed to intercept a mock incoming missile, according to USA officials.
A test of an American missile defense system failed early Wednesday morning in Hawaii, two USA defense officials tell Fox News.
The U.S., South Korea and Japan all possess Aegis-equipped warships, and the missile-defense capability is seen as ever more essential as North Korea appears to be getting closer to perfecting it nuclear weapon and ICBM programs.
The missile, which is being developed by weapons manufacturer Raytheon, is used to target intermediate range missiles.
The U.S. military also conducted an unsuccessful missile intercept test in June a year ago after carrying out a successful one the previous February.At present, Japan has a two-layer anti-ballistic missile system, consisting of Aegis destroyers carrying SM-3 missiles and ground-based PAC-3 batteries. The sources say the SM-3 missed an incoming dummy missile off the Hawaiian coast, marking the second failure in three tests for the US-Japanese system.
According to CNN, the test was conducted on Wednesday and failed to intercept an incoming target launched from an aircraft.
Multiple US media outlets reported that the Defense Department conducted the test of the new missile in Hawaii on Wednesday, but it failed.
The second straight failure of the system is particularly embarrassing as the U.S. has been working hard to try to sell more such defensive systems overseas.
Branding North Korea's leadership as "depraved", U.S. President Donald Trump told Americans on Tuesday that Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear missiles could "very soon threaten our homeland" and vowed a continued campaign of maximum pressure to keep that from happening.
The secretive state, led by Kim Jong-un, have vowed to strike at the USA if they feel under threat.
The same missile was sacked from the USS John Paul Jones off the coast of Hawaii during a test in June, but it failed to intercept its target, a medium-range ballistic missile.
The previous year saw ramped-up North Korean missile launches - some of them over Japanese territory - and its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.