The military conducted regular tests of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, the press service of the US Air Force Global Strike Command said.
In a message dated October 29, it is noted that the purpose of the tests was to test the reliability of the missile systems. The launch took place at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The missile covered about 6.75 thousand km and hit a target in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The tests were found to be successful.
“The launches confirm that ICBM systems are accurate and reliable,” the statement said.
The Minuteman III missiles entered service in the United States almost 50 years ago. Now, according to media reports, the US Air Force is running about 400 such missiles with a nuclear warhead with a yield of 300 kilotons.
In 2036, the Pentagon plans to replace the Minuteman III with new missiles that are currently under development.
In February, a video of the launch of the Minuteman III was published. In 2018, the launch ended in failure.
On October 20, the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, announced that the United States was going to increase the number of its intermediate and shorter-range missiles in Europe. The US military is currently developing hypersonic weapons.