Japan-U.S. missile defense test fails off Hawaii

A Japanese warship failed to shoot down a ballistic missile target in a joint test with U.S. forces Wednesday because of a glitch in the final stage of an interceptor made by Raytheon Co, a U.S. military official said.

The kinetic warhead's infrared "seeker" lost track in the last few seconds of the $55 million test, about 100 miles above Hawaiian waters, said U.S. Rear Admiral Brad Hicks, program director of the Aegis sea-based leg of an emerging U.S. anti-missile shield.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Swell.

Say that some nation we have really pissed off launches ten nuclear warheads at New York City, and our missile defense system has a 90% success rate (they wish). That means New York is gone anyway.

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