On August 4, 2020, the United States (US) Air Force conducted a scheduled test launch of an LGM-30G Minuteman III, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) carrying a load of three unarmed reentry vehicles, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, US to a target in the Pacific Ocean. Missile’s three reentry vehicles traveled 4,200 miles (6,759 kilometers) to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands as part of a developmental test.
- This launch was an essential test to sustaining the aging Minuteman 3 nuclear weapon system.
- The launch calendars are developed three to five years in advance, and planning for individual launches takes six months to a year.
About Minuteman III:
Minuteman III, an Intercontinental ballistic missile manufactured by Boeing is a long-range, solid-fuel, three-stage ICBM with the capability to carry single or multiple nuclear warheads. It has a range of more than 6,000mi (5,218 nautical miles) and speed of approximately 24,000km/h (15,000mph) at burnout.
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About United States (US):
Capital– Washington, D.C.
Currency– United States Dollar
President– Donald John Trump