US Launches an Unarmed Version of the Nuclear-Capable ‘Minuteman III’ Amid North Korea Tensions

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On April 26, an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has been launched from a US Air Force base in California to ensure its “effectiveness, readiness and accuracy,” and demonstrate “national nuclear capabilities,” according to the US military. The ICBM a.k.a. Minuteman III missile test comes amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Col. John Moss, commander of the Air Force’s 30th Space Wing, said: “Tonight’s launch was an important demonstration of our nation’s nuclear deterrent capability.”

North Korea conducted a missile test of its own on April 16, and some experts have speculated that the nation is gearing up to perform its sixth nuclear-weapons test soon as well.

The picture below shows eight warheads fired from only a single missile.

 

MINUTEMAN III SCHEDULED TO LAUNCHVANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – An operational test launch of an Air Force…

Posted by 30th Space Wing (Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.) on Friday, April 21, 2017

Moss added: “Test launches like this one are vital to validating the effectiveness and readiness of our operational nuclear systems, so it is critical that they are successful.

“The men and women of the 30th Space Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command’s 576th Flight Test Squadron did a fantastic job working together to make tonight’s launch possible and successful.”

The Minuteman III, a three-stage ICBM, can be outfitted with a nuclear warhead with a yield of 170 kilotons, and travel for 4,000 miles.

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