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Vandenberg AFB to test-launch Minuteman III missile this week

Posted at 4:54 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 21:41:09-04

Vandenberg Air Force Base will launch an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday morning.

The launch, scheduled to take place between 1:16 a.m. and 7:16 a.m. on May 1, is a test to determine the weapon system’s effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy, according to Air Force Global Strike Command.

Such test launches typically occur about once a quarter and are scheduled years in advance.

The most recent Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base took place in February.