The Minuteman III rocket flew 6.8 thousand km from California to Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
The US military has successfully tested the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. The launch took place at Vandenberg, California, AirForce Times reported on Wednesday, February 24.
It is indicated that this test, during which an unarmed missile flew approximately 6,800 kilometers to Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, demonstrates that the United States' nuclear deterrent is able to cope with threats, as well as вЂњcalm downвЂќ allies.
Our country's ICBM fleet is on standby 24/7. Operational testing confirms the readiness and reliability of the Minuteman III, вЂќsaid Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, deputy commander of the US Air Force Global Assault Command.
As noted, the preparation and planning of missile launches occur 6-12 months ahead of schedule, and the launch calendars are planned for five years in advance. The US Air Force stressed that these launches do not correspond to world events or regional tensions.
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Recall that in September 2020, the United States also tested the Minuteman III rocket. During the launch, the technology of returning the striker to the atmosphere was tested.
It was also reported that in February the US military launched a Trident missile from a submarine in the Atlantic Ocean. She flew over Florida and the locals saw her trace in the evening sky.