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Air Force test launches Minuteman 3 missile

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  • STAFF SGT. J.T. ARMSTRONG/U.S. AIR FORCE VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile test launch, in October 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from California early today in a routine test of the weapon system, the U.S. Air Force said.

    STAFF SGT. J.T. ARMSTRONG/U.S. AIR FORCE VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

    An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile test launch, in October 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from California early today in a routine test of the weapon system, the U.S. Air Force said.

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. >> An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from California early today in a routine test of the weapon system, the U.S. Air Force said.

The missile blasted off from coastal Vandenberg Space Force Base at 12:49 a.m. and its reentry vehicle traveled about 4,200 miles over the Pacific to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the system, a Vandenberg statement said.

“Our test launches are scheduled well in advance and are not reactionary to world events,” Maj. Armand Wong, commander of the test task force, said in a statement from Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

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