https://sputniknews.com/military/202105041082797395-us-to-test-launch-unarmed-minuteman-iii-ballistic-missile-on-wed Wednesday /
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United States will test the launch of an unarmed nuclear-capable ballistic missile, the Minuteman III, on Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
“An operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM of the Air Force Global Strike Command [ICBM] is scheduled for Wednesday 5 May, from 12:15 to 6:15 [07:15 to 13:15 GMT] from north of Vandenberg, “the base said in a press release, adding that” the purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system. “
The previous test launch of the Minuteman III was conducted in February. During the test, the re-entry vehicle traveled approximately 4,200 miles from the launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base to Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
On February 23, 2021, a US Minuteman III ICBM is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to a missile beam in Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, 4,200 miles away.
The United States conducts periodic test launches to verify the accuracy and reliability of its ICBM system.
The Minuteman family’s three-stage land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles were originally intended for nuclear deterrence during the Cold War. The LGM-30G Minuteman III is now the only ground-based ICBM in service in the United States. The missile is capable of hitting targets within a range of approximately 8,100 miles.