The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Army
said today that a Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
missile attempted to hit a target ballistic missile in a test at
White Sands Missile Range, NM.
An intercept was not achieved. The THAAD interceptor and
target debris landed on the White Sands Missile Range as was
planned in the event of a miss. Analysis of the flight data is
continuing to determine the cause of the malfunction. Although
the THAAD missile missed the target, the test did yield valuable
information which will be used to determine what corrections are
required. Preliminary indications are that the THAAD radar and
command and control system performed normally in this test.
This was the fourth THAAD flight to attempt an intercept.
The test, the seventh THAAD missile flight, was another in a
continuing series to verify the THAAD design and the performance
of the prototype system components.