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Old 10-02-2019, 09:58 AM
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Arrow AFGSC tests Minuteman III missile with launch from Vandenberg AFB

AFGSC tests Minuteman III missile with launch from Vandenberg AFB
By: Air Force Military News - 10-2-19
RE: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Disp...andenberg-afb/

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An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 1:13 a.m. PST, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 2, 2019. The test demonstrates the United States’ nuclear deterrent is robust, flexible, ready and approximately tailored to deter 21st century threats and reassure our allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) --
A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle at 1:13 a.m. PST Oct. 2, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The test demonstrates that the United States’ nuclear deterrent is robust, flexible, ready and appropriately tailored to deter 21st century threats and reassure our allies. Test launches are not a response or reaction to world events or regional tensions.

The ICBM's reentry vehicle traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. These test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

“The flight test program demonstrates one part of the operational capability of the ICBM weapon system," said Col. Omar Colbert, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander. “The Minuteman III is nearly 50 years old, and continued test launches are essential in ensuring its reliability until the mid-2030s when the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent is fully in place. Most importantly, this visible message of national security serves to assure our partners and dissuade potential aggressors.”

The test launch is a culmination of months of preparation that involve multiple government partners. The Airmen who perform this vital mission are some of the most skillfully trained and educated the Air Force has to offer.

Airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB were selected for the task force to support the test launch. Malmstrom is one of three missile bases with crew members standing alert 24 hours a day, year-round, overseeing the nation’s ICBM alert forces.

"It’s been an incredible opportunity for Malmstrom (AFB’s) team of combat crew and maintenance members to partner with the professionals from the 576th FLTS and 30th Space Wing,” said Maj. Kurt Antonio, task force commander. “I'm extremely proud of the team's hard work and dedication to accomplish a unique and important mission to prepare the ICBM for the test and monitor the sortie up until test execution. The attention given to every task accomplished here reflects the precision and professionalism they – and our fellow Airmen up north – bring every day to ensure the success of our mission out in the missile field.”

The ICBM community, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and U.S. Strategic Command uses data collected from test launches for continuing force development evaluation. The ICBM test launch program demonstrates the operational capability of the Minuteman III and ensures the United States’ ability to maintain a strong, credible nuclear deterrent as a key element of U.S. national security and the security of U.S. allies and partners.

The launch calendars are built three to five years in advance, and planning for each individual launch begins six months to a year prior to launch.
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Arrow U.S. Air Force tests intercontinental ballistic missile after North Korea launch

2nd report on U.S. Air Force tests intercontinental ballistic missile after North Korea launch
By: CBS News - 10-2-19
RE: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/north-k...ay-2019-10-02/

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https://www.cbsnews.com/video/north-...issile-launch/

The U.S. Air Force tested an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday with a launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The missile lifted off at 1:13 a.m. from the base northwest of Los Angeles and sent a test reentry vehicle on a 4,200-mile flight over the Pacific Ocean to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.


The launch came a day after North Korea fired another ballistic missile. South Korean officials confirmed the missile was launched from the coast of Wonsan, east of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

It flew for about 280 miles and reportedly landed in the Sea of Japan. Experts said the launch was North Korea's way of ramping up pressure on the U.S. ahead of the resumption of stalled nuclear talks on Saturday, CBS News foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reports.

Missil Photo link: https://cbsnews2.cbsistatic.com/hub/...cg053-1002.jpg
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California October 2, 2019.
U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO BY STAFF SERGEANT J.T. ARMSTRONG

An Air Force Global Strike Command statement said tests like Wednesday's demonstrate the capability of the intercontinental ballistic missile system and are not a response to world events or regional tensions. Planning for an individual launch starts at least six months in advance, according to the statement.

The launch was conducted by a team of airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.
Another link of missile launch: https://cbsnews3.cbsistatic.com/hub/...in231-1001.jpg
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California October 2, 2019.
U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO BY MICHAEL PETERSON
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