February 2, 2010
Amid failure of the US long-range ballistic missile test over the Pacific Ocean, the Pentagon warns Iran continue to pursue long-range ballistic missiles.
The Pentagon released a report that described the intermediate and shorter-range missiles of Iran and North Korea as ” threats” to US forces, allies and partners.
[efoods]On Sunday, the US military fired a ballistic missile at a US Army site at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Island and minutes later launched a ground-based interceptor missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in an attempt to shoot down the ballistic missile.
However, the sea-based X-band radar “did not perform as expected” in the test, the MDA said in a statement.
The US Air Force says both missiles performed well during the launch and the flight phases but the system’s sea-based radar fell short of expectations.
Iran has repeatedly announced that its missiles are defensive and aimed at increasing the country’s deterrence capability with regard to mounting war threats mainly by the US and Israel over its nuclear program.