Officials investigating cause of missile failure

LIHU‘E — Officials continue to investigate why a target missile went awry at the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility Friday, causing the cancellation of a planned missile-defense test, according to a press release.

A planned test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system scheduled to be conducted from PMRF, at Barking Sands, near Kekaha, was not able to be completed Friday due to an anomaly with the target missile.

The target missile was successfully deployed from a C-17 transport aircraft but the target’s rocket motor did not ignite, the release states.

The THAAD interceptor missile was not launched, though the system’s fire-control system conducted a number of successful simulations, according to the release.

The THAAD system components were verified to be in working order, and the system was ready to conduct the mission.

Program officials are conducting an extensive investigation to determine the cause of the anomaly.

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