This website uses cookies to manage authentication, navigation, and other functions. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

US Air Force test-fires its second Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile in a week

a
World Defense & Security News -
 
 
US Air Force test-fires its second Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile in a week
 
The US Air Force test-fired its second Minuteman III missile in a week on Thursday night. The unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 11:01 p.m. PST at USAF Vandernberg air base.
     
US Air Force test fires its second Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile in a week 640 001An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 11:01 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.
(Credit: USAF/Airman 1st Class Ian Dudley)
     
The unarmed Minuteman III ICBM was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, flew at speeds of up to 15,000 mph (24,000 km/h) and landed a half hour later in a target area (6,500 km away near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific, according to Reuters.

Col. J. Christopher Moss, USAF 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority. "This is the second ICBM launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the past 5 days and while it may seem routine, a tremendous amount of effort is required to safely assess the current performance and validate the security of the Nation's fielded ICBM force," said Moss. "Our teams are made of dedicated Airmen who make a difference for the Air Force and the nation and I am proud to be a part of this team."

The LGM-30G Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile is a strategic weapon system using a ballistic missile of intercontinental range. The current ICBM force consists of 450 Minuteman III missiles located at the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming; the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Montana; and the 91st Missile Wing at Minot AFB, North Dakota.