US tests intercontinental ballistic missile

The US military test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile on September 7, saying it had informed Russia of this in advance.

U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from a base in California,” the Air Force said in a statement.

This is the second time in less than a month the US has tested an ICBM. Washington said it had notified Moscow of the missile test in advance, apparently to prevent further escalation of tensions between the two sides.





The United States test-fired a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile on February 23.  Photo: Reuters.

The United States test-fired a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile on February 23. Image: Reuters.

“This missile test is part of regular and routine operations to demonstrate that US nuclear deterrence is safe, secure, reliable and effective. The test is not a result. from current world events,” the US Air Force emphasized.

The US Air Force on August 16 successfully launched the Minutemen III ICBM after two postponements of testing to avoid tensions over Ukraine and Taiwan issues.

The Minuteman III, a nuclear-capable missile made by Boeing, is a key component of the US strategic arsenal. The missile has a range of more than 9,600 km and can reach a speed of 24,000 km/h.

Ngoc Anh (Theo AFP)

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