The U.S. Air Force has conducted a test launch of unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
The Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) says in a statement the missile was launched at 11:01 p.m. Tuesday November 6, 2018, to determine the accuracy and reliability of the system and such tests «are not related to any real-world events».
The command says the missile’s re-entry vehicle reached its intended target but details about the test can’t be released.
The Air Force tests Minuteman missiles by launching them from California to a target in the Pacific Ocean.
In July, a missile was intentionally destroyed over the Pacific due to an unspecified in-flight anomaly.
The Air Force Global Strike Command is located at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
|Primary function||Intercontinental Ballistic Missile|
|Power plant||Three solid-propellant rocket motors: first stage ATK refurbished M55A1; second stage ATK refurbished SR-19; third stage ATK refurbished SR-73|
|Technologies chemical systems division thrust||first stage: 203,158 pounds/92,151 kg; second stage: 60,793 pounds/27,575 kg; third stage: 35,086 pounds/15,915 kg|
|Weight||79,432 pounds/36,030 kg|
|Diameter||5.5 feet/1.67 m|
|Range||5,218 NM/6,005 miles/9,664 km|
|Speed||approximately Mach 23/15,000 mph/24,000 km/h at burnout|
|Ceiling||700 miles/1,120 km|
|Date deployed||June 1970, production cessation: December 1978|