Minuteman III launch to “validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system”
April 25, 2017
The U.S. military is preparing to test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
According to Air Force Global Strike Command, the unarmed Minuteman III missile test is intended to “validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system.”
Col. John Moss, 30th Space Wing Commander, said in a press release that the launch – set for sometime between 12:01 a.m. and 6:01 a.m. – will demonstrate the country’s nuclear capabilities.
“These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities,” Col. Moss said.
“We are proud of our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron to execute these missions for the nation.”
While the test comes amid growing tensions between the United States and North Korea, a representative with Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs confirmed to Infowars that such launches are held regularly – up to four each year – and are planned between three and five years in advance.
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The test launch will be the second carried out from Vandenberg this year.
The Minuteman III, which weighs in at 79,432 lbs, reaches speeds of Mach 23 before striking targets as far away as 6,000 miles.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm