Successful Unarmed Minuteman III Test Launch

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An Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:49 A.M. PDT Tuesday 16 Aug, 2022 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif. ICBM test launches demonstrate that the U.S. ICBM fleet is relevant, essential and key to leveraging dominance in an era of strategic competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Quijas)
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Update by the Vandenberg Space Force Base
​August 16, 2022

An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 12:49 a.m. PT.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the safety, security, effectiveness, and readiness of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command. Col. Bryan Titus, Space Launch Delta 30 vice commander, was the launch decision authority.

"Tonight's success is due to the hard work and dedication of Guardians and Airmen from across Team Vandenberg whose contributions are vital to our nation's security," said Titus. "These test launches demonstrate the readiness of U.S. nuclear forces and provide confidence in the lethality and effectiveness of the nation's nuclear deterrent."


By the Vandenberg Space Force Base
August 15, 2022

 A scheduled, operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 12:01 a.m. to 6:01 a.m. Pacific Time from north Vandenberg.

This test is routine and was scheduled years in advance. Consistent with previous test launches, this ICBM test launch will validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system.

In accordance with standard procedures, the United States has transmitted a pre-launch notification pursuant to the Hague Code of Conduct, and notified the Russian government in advance, pursuant to New START obligations.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to demonstrate the readiness of U.S. nuclear forces and provide confidence in the lethality and effectiveness of the nation's nuclear deterrent, according to Air Force Global Strike Command.

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a-1660751599 Aug 17, 2022 08:53 AM
Successful Unarmed Minuteman III Test Launch

So this was scheduled for 12:01 and didn't launch until 48 minutes after that? Not too reassuring as a deterrent! What happens in the case that such a shot is needed without days of planning?

tagdes Aug 17, 2022 12:39 PM
Successful Unarmed Minuteman III Test Launch

@8:53pm they are already to go with live warheads any time needed in North Dakota, Wyoming and other mid west garden spots where I used to live.

montecito_matt Aug 16, 2022 09:53 AM
Successful Unarmed Minuteman III Test Launch

Anybody know if it launched successfully? Didn't see it at 1201, but did see that there was a doomsday plane in the air off Vandenberg SFB at the same time.

bicyclist Aug 16, 2022 11:41 AM
Successful Unarmed Minuteman III Test Launch

Gleamed from MSN: "An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched at 12:49 a.m. local time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Air Force Global Strike Command said"
That's all I've seen so far... (well except for Noozhawk)

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