“It did not meet our objectives,” said Dana White, a Pentagon spokeswoman. “But we learn something all the time with these tests. We learned something from this one, and we’ll continue to improve our capabilities.”
The missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands on the island of Kauai.
White said the Missile Defense Agency was probing test data to determine why the interceptor, known as a Standard Missile 3 Block IIA, did not hit its target.