Unarmed Minuteman III Test Launch to Showcase Readiness of U.S. Nuclear Force’s Safe, Effective Deterrent


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VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. – A scheduled, operational test launch
of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental
ballistic missile is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 12:01 a.m. to 6:01
a.m. Pacific Time from north Vandenberg.
This test launch is a routine test scheduled years far in advance.
Consistent with previous tests launches, this ICBM test launch will validate
and verify the effectiveness and readiness and accuracy of the weapon
system.

In accordance with standard procedures, the United States has transmitted a
pre-launch notification pursuant to the Hague Code of Conduct, and notified
the Russian government in advance, pursuant to New START treaty obligations.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to demonstrate the readiness
of U.S. nuclear forces and provide confidence in the lethality and safety,
security and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear deterrent, according to
Air Force Global Strike Command.

For questions regarding the launch window or Vandenberg SFB range
operations, contact Space Launch Delta 30 Public Affairs at 805-606-3595 or
SLD30.pa.workflow@us.af.mil.

For queries regarding the ICBM test launch mission and missile, contact
AFGSC Public Affairs at 318-456-1305 (After Hours 318-532-1215) or
afgsc.paworkflow@us.af.mil.

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