New AEGIS BMD Test Abort Likely Due to ‘Pilot Error’

The latest test of the U.S. AEGIS BMD, intended to simultaneously engage both ballistic and airborne anti-ship targets, was aborted on December 6 when the anti-ballistic missile element of the test failed to launch. The anti-aircraft missile was armed and ready to go, but the test was aborted, since the purpose of the test was to test the AEGIS defense system’s ability to engage both types of targets at once. An “incorrect system setting” was cited by the Missile Defense Agency as the cause of this failure.

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