US Army Missile Test Fails

31 January 2010 (Last Updated January 31st, 2010 18:30)

The US Army has reported a failed test of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defence (GMD) System. Test firing of the target missile was conducted from the US Army’s Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Ground-Based Interceptor was launched from Vand

The US Army has reported a failed test of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defence (GMD) System.

Test firing of the target missile was conducted from the US Army’s Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Ground-Based Interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The Ground-Based Interceptor, however, failed to intercept the target missile as the Sea-Based X-band radar did not perform to the expectations.

The GMD System provides early detection and tracking during the boost phase, midcourse target discrimination, precision intercept and destruction of inbound ballistic missile through force of hit-to-kill technology.

The army has said that programme officials will investigate the cause of the failure.