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Unarmed Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch was a success

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Posted at 6:05 AM, Sep 06, 2023

An unarmed Minuteman III missile launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base early Wednesday morning and was a success, accoring to base officials.

The intercontinental ballistic missile lifted off at 1:26 a.m.

Officials say this test launch is part of routine and periodic activities intended to demonstrate that the United States’ weaponry is reliable and safe.

“The U.S. nuclear enterprise is the cornerstone of security for the freedom of the American people and our allies around the world,” said Col. Chris Cruise, 377th Test and Evaluation Group commander.

Tests like this also provide valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

"Airmen from across 20th Air Forces were selected for the task force to support the test launch, and the 90th Missile Wing from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, provided maintenance support," according to Vandenberg Space Force Base.