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During the test, the military launched an SM-3 Block IIA missile from an Aegis Ashore test site to intercept an incoming dummy missile launched from an aircraft over Hawaii.

The primary objective of the test, to intercept an air-launched intermediate-range ballistic missile target with an SM-3 Block IIA missile, was not achieved.

A test of the USA military's Aegis missile defense system in Hawaii appears to have ended in failure on Wednesday, when the SM-3 Block IIA missile launched to intercept failed to connect with a mock offensive ballistic missile launch.

The test was conducted in the area of the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii.

The United States did successfully intercept a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii in an August 2017 test.

The Pentagon is not publicly acknowledging the failure of a key ballistic missile defense test due to the sensitivity surrounding North Korea's participation in the upcoming Olympic Games. After a successful test in June, Boeing announced in November that eight interceptors had been added to the system, bringing the total to 44.

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Earlier this year, the USA government approved the sale of the anti-ballistic missiles to Japan to help defend itself against a growing North Korean threat.

It is unclear why the test failed and an analysis is under way, the official said.

The scope of work includes technical capabilities to expand and improve a state-of-the-art, missile defense system to ensure defensive capabilities remain both relevant and current, to include but not limited to: boost vehicle (BV) development; integration of redesigned kill vehicle (RKV) with BV; providing GBI assets for labs and test events; development, integration, testing and deployment of ground systems software builds to address emerging threats; acquisition and emplacement of launch support equipment; expanded systems testing through all ground and flight testing; cyber security support; and, performance based logistics.

The past year has seen ramped-up North Korean missile launches, some of them over Japanese territory, and its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

These actions prompted a stepped-up, US-led campaign to toughen United Nations sanctions, which Pyongyang called an act of war.

Tokyo now plans to upgrade its missiles and introduce the Aegis Ashore systems to beef up its defense capability and ease the burden on Maritime Self-Defense Forces personnel on Aegis destroyers. The false warning, which comes amid continued tensions with North Korea, set off panic on the islands.

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