Thursday, July 23, 2009

Problems prevent Arrow ABM test launch

echnical problems led to the fourth cancellation of a test of the newly-upgraded Arrow missile defense system at a United States military missile range off the California coast in the early hours of Thursday morning. The test, officials said, was cancelled after the "enemy missile" - launched from a C-17 transport aircraft from 80,000 feet - was in the air, due to communication problems between the control room located on the coast and the missile launcher, deployed hundreds of kilometers away on an island opposite Los Angeles. The test was initially scheduled for last Tuesday but was cancelled due to bad weather and hurricane warnings. Subsequent planned tests for Monday as well as last Friday were also cancelled due to technical problems. Israeli defense officials said that had the test been conducted in Israel, the Air Force likely would have gone ahead with it despite the communications problem. "The Americans want everything to work 100 percent," one official said. "It could be that the distance between the control room and the launcher was the problem." While the Arrow was not launched at the "enemy" missile, its systems tracked the target, which mimicked an Iranian ballistic missile, and exchanged data on the target in real-time with elements of the US missile defense system. IAF officers in the control room set up in the US base.Photo: Ministry of Defense"Not all test conditions to launch the Arrow Interceptor were met and it was not launched," the Pentagon said in a statement. Other objectives were achieved and the results were being analyzed, it said. Iran is working hard to increase the accuracy of its missiles. In November, it successfully test-fired the Sajjil, a solid-fuel, high-speed missile with a range of 2,000 km. Solid fuel is a significant breakthrough because it increases accuracy and can be launched immediately without the need to fuel the rocket first. Iran also has a number of BM25 intercontinental missiles that it purchased at least four years ago from North Korea.


No problems. It will get done right. Can't waste a million dollar missile if the test conditions are not favorable.

Please learn to write in paragraph form.

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