According to the associated press Vandenberg Air Force Base on August 4, the US Air Force’s “Global Strike Command” said that an unarmed “militia” – 3 intercontinental missile was launched from California in the early morning of August 4 local time, and tested a simulated target in the Pacific Ocean.
according to the headquarters at bucksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, the missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:21 a.m. on April 4, the three reentry missile warheads carried by it flew about 6759 kilometers before reaching the kwajalin atoll range in the Marshall Islands and hit the target.
Col. Omar Colbert, commander of the 576th squadron of the U.S. air force, said in a statement that the test firing is essential to maintaining the old “militia” – 3 land-based nuclear weapon system.
the US Air Force said the test was not a response to global events. The launch schedule is set three to five years in advance, and each launch takes six months to a year to plan.
in addition, according to Taiwan media reports on August 4, the US Air Force issued a statement saying: “the test shows that the US nuclear deterrent capability is safe, stable, reliable and effective.” “Air Force personnel Board the U.S. Navy’s E-6A nuclear warfare communication machine to demonstrate the “reliability and effectiveness” of the “no-load launch control system”.
Col. Colbert, commander of the 576th squadron of the U.S. air force, said: “the militia-3 is 50 years old, and it is necessary to continue the test firing.”
the “militia” – 3 intercontinental missile is the only land-based intercontinental missile in the US nuclear arsenal since 2005, which is placed in the launching wells of three military bases in Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana.
in addition, according to the satellite news agency, Washington, D.C., on August 4, the “militia” series of three-stage land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles were initially used to implement nuclear containment during the cold war with the Soviet Union. At present, minuteman-3 is the only land-based ICBM installed by the US military. According to the latest public data, the United States has 450 “militia” – 3 intercontinental missiles. Since 1970, the missile has been installed in the U.S. Army and can destroy targets 12000 kilometers away. Scientists have made ultra-high-speed terahertz wireless chips that deliver faster than 5g