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The United States conducted the second test launch of the Minuteman III ICBM in the last three weeks

The United States conducted the second test launch of the Minuteman III ICBM in the last three weeks

The United States conducted another test of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, launching ICBMs from Vandenberg Air Force Base. This is reported by the US Air Force Global Strike Command.

The fact that on Wednesday morning, September 7, the United States will conduct another test of ICBMs, said the day before, Pentagon press secretary Brigadier General of the US Air Force Patrick Ryder. According to him, the missile will be launched without a warhead, the test is “routine“, and the Americans have warned Russia about this.

It is worth noting that this is the second test of Minuteman III in the last three weeks. The previous one was held on August 16, although it was postponed due to a visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi. ICBM launches have traditionally taken place from a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Minuteman III is the only land-based intercontinental ballistic missile currently in service with the United States since 1970. The three-stage missile was developed specifically for confrontation with the Soviet Union. The Minuteman III ICBM is capable of hitting a target at a range of 12,000 kilometers with three warheads. According to reports, about 450 ICBMs were in service with the United States, some of them were used for testing. The service life of missiles expires in 2030, it can no longer be extended, the Pentagon says.