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Test launch of Minuteman III from Vandenberg AFB scheduled this week

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Posted at 3:31 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 22:15:05-05

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base this week.

The test launch window is between 11:47 p.m. Tuesday and 5:47 a.m. Wednesday from the northern part of the base.

“The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command," base officials said in a press release.

It's the first test launch of a Minuteman III to take place at Vandenberg this year. The last one was in October.