VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) — An unarmed Minuteman three intercontinental ballistic missile has been launched from a U.S. Air Drive Base in California on a flight to a goal within the Pacific Ocean.
The missile lifted off at 12:03 a.m. Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Pressure Base, one hundred thirty miles northwest of Los Angeles.
An Air Pressure assertion stated the mission was a part of a program to check the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system.
The thirtieth Area Wing commander, Col. John Moss, stated Minuteman launches are important to confirm the standing of the U.S. nuclear drive and to show the nationwide nuclear capabilities.
In a Minuteman check, a so-referred to as re-entry car travels greater than four,000 miles downrange to a goal at Kwajalein Atoll close to the Kwajalein Atoll within the Marshall Islands.
“Workforce V is as soon as once more able to work with Air Drive International Strike Command to efficiently launch one other Minuteman III missile,” Moss stated. “These Minuteman launches are important to confirm the standing of our nationwide nuclear drive and to reveal our nationwide nuclear capabilities. We’re pleased with our lengthy historical past in partnering with the women and men of the 576th Flight Check Squadron to execute these missions for the nation.”
The 576th Flight Check Squadron can be chargeable for put in monitoring, telemetry, and command destruct techniques on the missile.
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