WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is planning the first test of a system for shooting down an intercontinental range of the missile.
Officials say the goal is to better simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the US.
The American interceptor has a bad track record, succeeding in nine of 17 attempts against the missiles of less than intercontinental range since 1999.
The most recent test, in June 2014, was a success, but that followed three straight failures.
The system is developed on the basis of the multibillion-dollar effort caused by President Ronald Reagan, 1983 press for a solution to ballistic missile threats. That was during the Cold War, when the Soviet Union was the only major concerns.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un, has vowed to field a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching U.s. territory.