FLASH - EKV Fails!!
The latest word from BMDO is that the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle [EKV] was not launched from Kwajalein due to a computer failure with the Payload Launch Vehicle [PLV]. Apparently there was a data-link malfunction between the PLV launcher and the ground control system, and this failure led to the ground control system aborting the launch prior to liftoff of the kill vehicle.
Reportedly the target complex deployed from the MSLS booster fired from Vandenberg functioned according to plan.
There is no immediate word on the impact of this test failure on the timing of next test of the EKV, planned for the March-May timeframe.
Why anyone thinks that these things will always work in wartime when they
never seem to work in peacetime escapes my understanding, but I guess that
hope springs eternal ....