Tag Archives: Minuteman III

USAF Conducts Sustainability Test With Minuteman III Missile

Air Force Global Strike Command tested a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile's flight and reentry to verify the weapon's reliability. The unarmed missile, also known as Flight Test Unit 2, flew with a reentry vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to the Marshall Islands during the developmental test, U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday.

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Navy, Air Force Advance Nuclear Triad Modernization Efforts

Officials said the Air Force and the Navy are accelerating efforts to deliver new platforms designed to replace legacy systems of the U.S. nuclear triad, National Defense reported Friday. Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, director of strategic systems programs for the Navy, said the service considers the procurement of Columbia-class submarines a top acquisition priority and plans to have the lead boat ready by 2031.

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Report: DoD to Reprogram $1.5B in Funds for Border Wall

The Department of Defense is redirecting approximately $1.5 billion in funds allocated for several defense programs toward the Trump administration’s plan to construct 80 additional miles of border wall, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The funds will come from the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile and surveillance plane program called Airborne Warning and Control System, according to a DoD document obtained by the Post.

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DoD Unveils Nuclear Posture Review; Patrick Shanahan Comments

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said the Nuclear Posture Review is a “tailored nuclear deterrent strategy” that seeks to respond to current security needs and aims to reflect the country’s commitment to arms control and nonproliferation, DoD News reported Friday. The NPR says the U.S. would only consider the deployment …

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Air Force Implements New Minuteman III Data Transfer Unit

The U.S. Air Force‘s 91st Missile Wing unit at Minot AF Base in North Dakota has implemented a new data transfer unit for the LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system. DTU is built to replace the missile system’s outdated cartridge tape unit and launch facility load cartridge systems, the Air Force said Monday. “The DTU loads …

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Air Force Wants ‘Modular’ Architecture for Next ICBM Weapon System

The U.S. Air Force seeks an architecture that would allow the military branch’s future Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile to adapt to technological changes and emerging threats. The service branch awarded Boeing and Northrop Grumman separate contracts worth up to $677.7 million combined to conduct technology maturation and risk reduction activities over a …

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