An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test Wednesday morning, according to 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The missile exited its underground launch pad at 1:13 a.m. when the launch window opened.
“Here at the 30th Space Wing, we are committed to providing robust range support, which contributes to mission assurance for our partner, Air Force Global Strike Command,” 30th Space Wing commander Col. Anthony Mastalir said. “The Western Range is a critical part of the ICBM test and evaluation program, which lends to the credibility of our Nation’s strategic deterrent. Our Airmen can be very proud of their contributions to the security of our country.”
The ICBM traveled approximately 4,000 miles to a test range in the Marshall Islands. These test launches verify the accuracy and effectiveness of the launch systems. Base officials say today’s test launch is not in response to any real world activity.