U.S. Skips Aegis Ashore Missile Test After Target Malfunction

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Friday said a target malfunction caused it to abort a key intercept test of the Aegis Ashore missile defense system, built by Lockheed Martin Corp, that is due to be installed in Romania this year. Rick Lehner, a spokesman for the U.S., said"Due to a target malfunction, the test wasn't conducted and an interceptor wasn't launched." No comment was immediately available from Lockheed. Navy destroyers, as well as its AN/SPY-1 radar, referred questions to the U.S.