Τετάρτη, 2 Αυγούστου 2017

US Test-Launches Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from California Coast

unarmed Minuteman 3 missile
The US Air Force successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from the California coast early Wednesday.


The unarmed Minuteman 3 missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles, at 2:10 a.m. PDT. It was the fourth such test this year. The most recent was in May.

"This combined team of the 90th Missile Wing, 576th Flight Test Squadron and 30th Space Wing is simply outstanding," Col. Michael Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, said in a statement, USA today reported.

"Their efforts over the past few months show why they are among the most skilled operators in the Air Force."

The Air Force Global Strike Command earlier said the test would show the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system.

The test comes amid heightened tensions with North Korea. The reclusive nation launched its second inter-continental ballistic missile in a month Friday, in a further indication that its missiles are now capable of reaching US cities. The US flew two B-1 bombers over South Korea in a show of force in response.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US does not seek a regime change in North Korea and would agree to a dialogue if the nation abandons its nuclear weapons program.
  (Tasnim)
2/8/17

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