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Ballistic missile test-fired from California coastal base

Ballistic missile test-fired from California coastal base

The 341st Missile Wing is one of three missile bases overseeing the country's intercontinental ballistic missile forces.

Later this month, Vandenberg may be the site a different test, this time involving a missile-defense system where an interceptor will attempt to shoot down a mock target.

Air Force Global Strike Command said data collected from test launches are used for "continuing force development evaluation".

While this week's launch has been planned for years, last week's had been delayed from the fall due to Vandenberg's Canyon Fire and technical troubles.

The missile traveled some 4,200 miles (6,700 km) and went down near a Pacific Ocean atoll that is part of the Marshall Islands and features a U.S. military ballistic missile test site.

"It's efforts like these that make nuclear deterrence effective", Col. Craig Ramsey, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander, said in a press release announcing the test mission.

The Minuteman III missile has been in service for 60 years, but it has been upgraded with improved targeting and enhanced accuracy systems, the Air Force said.

The two tests have come amid relatively high tensions with North Korea, an unpredictable, nuclear-armed nation that has repeatedly stated a desire to destroy the United States and its allies, including South Korea and Japan.

The pair of tests comes amid heightened tensions between the USA and North Korea.

"We would argue that, even if the Minuteman tests had been planned months in advance, there must be some flexibility in order not to exacerbate worldwide crises, said Rick Wayman, director of programs at the Santa Barbara-based Nuclear Age Peace Foundation".

Wednesday's test also coincides with the second day of the Non-Proliferation Treaty conference in Vienna, Wayman added. Malmstrom Air Force Base is one of three bases in the USA that house Minuteman III ICBMs. Tests are typically conducted about four times per year.


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