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Aegis SM 3 Block IIA missile

Raytheon's new SM-3 IIA missile, which is in the final stages of testing, offers promise as a possible future second layer of defense for Hawaii from North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles.

In a test of the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor conducted last July, a sailor responsible for maintaining encrypted data exchanges between ships and aircraft mistakenly identified the incoming target as a friendly aircraft.

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

"The primary objective of the test was to intercept an air-launched intermediate-range ballistic missile target", the statement said.

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

The SM-3 IIA is developed and manufactured by Raytheon at its facilities on Redstone Arsenal.

The Missile Defence Agency is considering several locations to install a new Terminal High Altitude Air Defence (THAAD) interceptor system similar to the one which protects South Korea against a potential attack from the North, according to congressmen Mike Rogers and Adam Smith.

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The abrupt derailment of Cha's nomination comes after months of growing tensions between the United States and North Korea. The president also stressed that the US will possessed unmatched conventional military and nuclear capabilities.

This time, however, the Pentagon isn't even acknowledging the test took place.

Last week, the agency released a report stating it was confident it could protect the small island from a "number" of North Korean missiles.

The test comes at a time of heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Meanwhile, at the end of past year, North Korea claimed to have a ballistic missile capable of striking anywhere in the US, after it tested a weapon that flew higher and longer than any of its previous test launches.

MDA systems have multiple layers and ranges and use sensors in space, at sea and on land that altogether form a defense for different USA regions and territories.

"New systems are more likely to fail in early tests as technical issues get worked out", he told FOX Business, adding that we still don't know exactly what caused the test to fail. Missile systems analysts have predicted that the missile launched by Pyongyang had flown to a range that was more than 8,000 miles and had the capacity of hitting Washington DC or any other city in the United States.

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