The Pentagon has successfully tested a ballistic missile banned by the INF Treaty (video)
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States secretary of defense and the Pentagon chief Mark Esper announced the success of the first tests of an American ballistic missile, which had previously been banned by the treaty of Russia and the United States on intermediate and shorter-range missiles, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Vzglyad.
“Today, the US Air Force, together with the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO – approx. VIEW), successfully tested the prototype of a non-nuclear ground-based ballistic missile,” Mark Esper said.
Today, @usairforce @30thSpaceWing & @DoDCTO Strategic Capabilities Office successfully tested a prototype conventional, ground-launched ballistic missile. Congrats to the joint gov’t-industry team for going from concept to launch in less than 9 months! pic.twitter.com/PiZw8xXDoY— Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper (@EsperDoD) December 12, 2019
According to the Pentagon chief, the work to create a prototype rocket, ready for launch, took less than nine months instead of two years.
Recall that on Thursday, the U.S. military carried out a test launch of a medium-range ground-based ballistic missile from the Vandenberg air base in California in the direction of the Pacific Ocean. On the same day, the Pentagon reported that an American ground-based ballistic missile flew over 500 km during the test.
UN Secretary-General Anthony Guterres, after a US test of a previously banned rocket, urgently urged a new arms control agreement. This was announced by the representative of Secretary General Farhan Hack.
The INF Treaty expired on August 2 in connection with the withdrawal of the United States from this treaty. In August, the United States successfully tested a cruise missile previously banned by the INF Treaty. Moscow warned that the development of such missiles would be answered in the mirror.
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