U.S. to Test-Launch Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile on Oct. 2

The U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) will reportedly test launch an unarmed Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Oct. 2.

The test-launch will be conducted from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California between 12:13 am and 7:43 am PST.

LGM-30 Minuteman is a U.S. land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), in service with the Air Force Global Strike Command. As of 2017, the LGM-30G Minuteman III version is the only land-based ICBM in service in the United States.

The missile is one of the three components of the U.S. nuclear triad — the other two being the Trident submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), and nuclear weapons carried by long-range strategic bombers.



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