Entries in Missile (2)


Missile Intercept Test Fails

Ralph Scott/MDA Public Affairs(WASHINGTON) -- The Missile Defense Agency says a test of one of its ground-based interceptor missiles against a incoming Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, as part of a test, failed on Friday.

The incerceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The target was a test ICBM launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

The interceptor that was tested is the same as a dozen currently on watch in Alaska and at Vandenberg to protect the U.S. from a potential missile attack.

Two previous failed tests involved new versions of the missiles, whereas Friday's failure involved the same systems that are currently used by U.S. interceptors.

Officials say that they will review the test carefully to determine the cause or causes of the failure to successfully intercept the test ICBM.

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Mystery Caught on Tape: Who Launched Missile Off California Coast?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The mystery of a missile launch Monday night off the Southern California coast deepened Tuesday as U.S. military officials said they were still checking to see if the missile was one of theirs.

The unmistakable contrail of a missile streaking into the California sunset was captured on video by a news helicopter flying over Los Angeles at around 5 p.m.

The missile firing drew more attention when local news stations were told by Navy and Air Force officials that they did not launch a missile.

The missile appeared to have been launched at sea, which prompted speculation that it was launched by a U.S. Navy vessel. Contacted by ABC News, a Navy official said they were still looking into the report, but, a preliminary check indicated it was not a Navy asset.

U.S. Northern Command said it is investigating. They say there was no launch Monday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base, which is a regular launch point for the testing of missiles.

As of Tuesday evening, Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said that, at this time, nothing leads the Department of Defense to think the video footage shows a missile. 

"All Defense Department entities with rocket and missile programs reported no launches, scheduled or inadvertent, during the time period in the area of the reported contrail," Lapan added.

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