News Release

No. 262-99
(703) 695-0192 (media)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 1999 (703) 697-5737 (public/industry)


The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Army scheduled Theater High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, flight test at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., was aborted at 7:14 a.m. (EDT) when the Hera target missile malfunctioned.

Today's test was to have been the tenth in a series of 13 flight tests currently planned in the Program Definition and Risk Reduction phase of the THAAD system. No date for rescheduling this test has been established.

The satellite downlink scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (EDT) today will not take place. Additionally, the press conference scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (EDT) in the Pentagon Briefing Room, 2E781 is also cancelled.

For more information on the Hera target, contact Gerta Sherril with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs Office at (256) 955-3888. For information on THAAD, contact Bob Hunt with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Public Affairs Office at (256) 955-9174 or Maj. Co Woods with the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization External Affairs Office at (703) 695-8743, ext. 6128.