The US military had to detonate a hypersonic weapon seconds after lift-off Monday due to a technical problem, cutting short a flight test for the experimental project, officials said.
“Less than four seconds into the lift-off phase, we terminated the flight,” Pentagon spokeswoman Maureen Schumann told AFP.
The decision to abort the flight test in Alaska was due to a technological “anomaly,” she said, without providing more details.
The launch of the “Advanced Hypersonic Weapon” occurred after 4 am local time at the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska, Pentagon officials said.
“Due to an anomaly, the test was terminated near the launch pad shortly after lift-off to ensure public safety,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
There were no injuries in the incident, it said, adding that officials are conducting an “extensive investigation” to determine what went wrong.
A previous flight test for the weapon was carried out in November 2011.
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