H-VANDENBERG AFB

Nov 14, 2012 8:32 AM by Associated Press

Unarmed Minuteman 3 missile reaches target area

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - The military says an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile has blasted from a silo at the West Coast's Vandenberg Air Force Base and successfully reached a target area 4,200 miles away in the Pacific Ocean

The Air Force says the Minuteman 3 was launched at 3:07 a.m. Wednesday and it reached the Kwajalein Atoll about 30 minutes later.

The military conducts several Minuteman 3 tests each year at the Santa Barbara County base to determine the weapon system's accuracy and reliability.

Vandenberg's 576th Flight Test Squadron installs that tracking, telemetry and command destruct systems for the missions.

A task force from the 341st Missile Wing at Montana's Malmstrom AFB handled launch operations.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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