The Pentagon plans a test of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States plans to conduct another test launch in August of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile to test the combat readiness of nuclear deterrence weapons, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according to the US Global Strike Command statement.

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Currently, despite the coronavirus pandemic, the missile is being delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, from where it will be launched. The operation carry out under the command of the command of the 20th Air Army, which is armed with all US ground-based nuclear missile forces.

As reported, the last launch of the Minuteman III ICBM with an unarmed warhead was carried out on February 5.

A missile, flying 6.76 thousand km, hit a target at an American training ground in the area of ​​the Kwajalein Atoll (Marshall Islands) in the central Pacific Ocean.

This was the first test of the Minuteman III ICBM this year. In 2019, four tests were conducted – February 6, May 1, 9 and October 2.

On average, four such launches are performed annually. In 2018, three successful test rocket launches were carried out – April 25, May 14 and November 8. Another test in July 2018 failed. During the flight, the rocket had technical problems, and a self-destruction signal was transmitted to it.

Minuteman III with a range of 12 thousand km is the only silo-based ICBM in the US strategic nuclear forces.

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Currently, the United States has 400 such missiles, each of which is capable of carrying up to three nuclear warheads. These ICBMs are on alert in silo launchers in positional areas near Malstrom air bases in Montana with the 341st missile wing, Warren in Wyoming with the 90th missile wing and Minot in North Dakota with the 91st missile wing 20th Air Army.

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