Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Thaad Missile Misses Target for Fourth Time

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Thaad Missile Misses Target for Fourth Time

Article excerpt

In a setback for a high-priority Pentagon missile defense project, a Thaad interceptor launched Thursday from a test range in New Mexico failed to hit its target.

It was the fourth miss in four tests, dating back to December 1995.

Lt. Col. Rick Lehner, spokesman for the Pentagon office that oversees the project, said the cause of the latest failure was undetermined. He said it was too early to say what consequences the failure might have on the project. Paul Kaminski, the top Pentagon official in charge of weapons development, told a trade publication last month that if Thaad failed another test, the Pentagon probably would push back its goal of fielding the system in 2004. The military sees a growing threat to U.S. and allied troops abroad fr om attack by medium-range ballistic missiles more sophisticated and deadly than the Scud missiles Iraq used in attacks on Israel and Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf War of 1991. Thaad is intended to provide a better defense than the Patriot, the only current anti-missile missile in use. …

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