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Air Force test fires missile from US coast

Air Force test fires missile from US coast

The Air Force says it has successfully launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from a California base, firing it to targets in the Pacific Ocean.
Lt. Geoffrey Raymond said the ICBM was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:01 a.m. (1001 GMT) Monday.
He said it carried three unarmed re-entry vehicles that hit their targets near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, some 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers) away.
The Air Force said the launch was an operational test to check the weapon system's reliability and accuracy.
Test data will be used by United States Strategic Command planners and Department of Energy laboratories.


Updated : 2020-12-04 07:24 GMT+08:00