U.S. missile defense test fails off Hawaii, officials say

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WASHINGTON — A test of an advanced U.S.-Japan system intended to knock intermediate-range missiles out of the air failed off Hawaii on Wednesday, administration officials said.

The Defense Department would confirm only that a test of the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor missile was conducted at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai. But the test failed, the two administration officials told NBC News.

Image: SM-3 Block IIA flight test

An SM-3 Block IIA interceptor missile was successfully launched off the west coast of Hawaii in February 2017.