U.S. test-launches Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile

Minuteman III

16th August 2022 – (Washington) The U.S. Department of Defence said on Tuesday (16th) local time that Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was test-fired from California, demonstrating the combat readiness of nuclear forces and giving confidence in the lethality and effectiveness of nuclear deterrence. The U.S. side has twice announced the postponement of the test-launch of intercontinental ballistic missile to avoid escalating tensions with Russia and China.

At 0.49am local time on Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command launched a Minuteman-3 intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Space Air Force Base; the missile reentry vehicle flew about 6,759 kilometres and arrived at Kwajalein Atoll at Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The statement stated that the test launch was a routine and regular event, aimed at demonstrating that the US nuclear deterrence is safe, reliable and effective, deterring threats in the 21st century and reassuring allies. It also emphasised that it is not a response to the current world situation, and has been carried out more than 300 times similar tests before. This test verified the accuracy and reliability of ICBMs, the nuclear triad that underpins the national security of the United States and its allies around the world. The U.S. Strategic Command has announced the test launch in advance, issued relevant notifications to the Hague anti-ballistic missile proliferation guidelines in accordance with standard procedures, and fulfilled it responsibility under the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) ito notify Russia in advance.