The U.S. Missile Defense Agency had its third failed intercept test of a missile defense system in five years but it is not stopping the Pentagon from deploying missile defense and radar systems across Asia, according to a Defense News article.
Paul McLeary writes that there will be an estimated 8,000 ballistic missiles outside the control of the U.S., Russia and China by 2020 and the number currently stands at 6,300.
The Defense Department is battling this missile threat by recently deploying 100 U.S. soldiers to Guam to operate Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems and delivering a second AN/TPY-2 radar to Japan.
The U.S. Army has received eight such radars from Raytheon, and the company has another four more in production.
However, the recent test failure of the homeland-based Ground-based Midcourse Defense system raises questions about the readiness of U.S. equipment being delivered abroad, according to McLeary.
“There are still serious questions whether or not we have a missile defense system that can protect America against threats that we believe could be coming our way,” Senator Dick Durbin said.
“This committee and Congress are being asked by some to expand the amount of money we spend on the systems at a time when testing has not proven that test systems are effective,” he added.