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May 26, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
The Defense Department's seventh test of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s troubled missile-interceptor system was postponed Tuesday because of problems with the surrogate enemy missile, the Pentagon said. The test was to have occurred at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico Tuesday morning. No date was set for another try, an official said. The Theater High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, interceptor missile failed in a test in late March, flying past its target.
A top Pentagon official is casting new doubt on the progress of the government's leading missile-defense technology, saying two recent test-flight successes haven't established how well the controversial system could handle an actual attack. The test flights, carried out after six consecutive failures, have been hailed by advocates as evidence that the Army's $15.4-billion Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system will be able to protect troops on the battlefield from missile attacks.
August 12, 1989 | MELISSA HEALY, Times Staff Writer
Just two months after signing an accord with the United States designed to prevent dangerous military activities, the Soviet Union is planning to test missiles on flight paths that would pass over Hawaii, U.S. officials said Friday. The United States lodged two protests this week over the proposed test flights of unarmed missiles, warning that such moves would be provocative and could endanger the safety of the islands in the event of the missiles' failure.
December 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Military officials postponed a planned missile defense test because of bad weather over Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A dummy warhead was set to be launched over the Pacific Ocean to be intercepted by a rocket. Pentagon officials said an attempt would be made tonight. The test is part of the Bush administration's plan to develop a system that can shoot down an enemy's intercontinental missiles before they reach U.S. soil.
August 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Iran on Saturday dismissed allegations that it was providing test sites for North Korean long-range missiles designed to deliver nuclear warheads, its official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. A Bush administration official said last week that North Korea was getting around a self-imposed missile test ban by sharing technology information with Iran, which is allegedly carrying out missile tests on Pyongyang's behalf.
October 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
With border tensions between South Asia's nuclear neighbors running high, Pakistan test-fired a new surface-to-surface missile today, its state-run news agency said. India was given prior warning of the test, according to Associated Press of Pakistan. The missile is one in a series of medium-range missiles developed for Pakistan's arsenal.
March 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan successfully test-fired a locally developed cruise missile that can carry a nuclear warhead and hit targets within a 310-mile range, the army said in a statement. The test at an undisclosed location in Pakistan was the second involving the Hatf VII cruise missile, also known as the Babur, the statement said. The previous firing was conducted in August on the 62nd birthday of President Pervez Musharraf.
March 1, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Israel successfully tested the U.S.-funded Arrow antimissile defense system, government sources said. Army Radio said it was the first time the system's ability to intercept another missile had been evaluated. The Arrow, designed to destroy incoming ground-to-ground missiles like the Scuds fired at Israel by Iraq in the Persian Gulf War, is being developed in Israel as part of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative, or "Star Wars," program.
The missiles that streaked across India and Pakistan this week highlighted the determination of the two South Asian countries to push ahead with their nuclear weapons plans--and the futility of U.S. efforts to stop them. On Sunday, Indian leaders proudly announced the successful test-firing of an advanced ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to targets in Pakistan and China.
July 8, 2006 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Anyone wondering how seriously Japan treated the salvo of ballistic missiles that North Korea fired its way Wednesday should consider this: National broadcaster NHK canceled the daily installment of its wildly popular morning TV drama to make way for continuous news coverage. The last time NHK saw fit to cancel the show, which is part of the morning routine for millions of Japanese, was in 1995, when a massive earthquake devastated the port city of Kobe.
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