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Air Force Global Strike Command Team Launches Unarmed Minuteman ICBM from Vandenberg AFB

A combined team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, and the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a single test re-entry vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California U.S. on Wednesday, according to a statement from the U.S. Air Force.

Airmen from the three air force bases co-launched the Minuteman III ICBM, which landed on Oceania’s Marshall Islands, to help validate the accuracy and reliability of the weapon system.

The Minuteman III missile deployed was equipped with a single test re-entry vehicle that carried a telemetry package designed to support operational testing, the Air Force added.

The U.S. Air Force noted that members of the ICBM community, such as the Defense Department, Energy Department and the Strategic Command, use data gathered from test launches to support force development evaluation procedures.

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