Air Force successfully test fires Minuteman 3 missile

June 29, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The United States has launched a missile to check the weapon system’s reliability and accuracy, assuring the nations readiness in times of trouble. The Air Force reports a successful test of an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Barbara.

The missile fired in the Pacific Ocean, carried three unarmed re-entry vehicles, that hit their targets near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, some 4,200 miles away.

The name “Minuteman” comes from the Revolutionary War’s Minutemen, and also refers to its quick reaction time, as it can be launched in about 1 minute.

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