American media Lompoc Record quoted a statement from the US Air Force Global Strike Command in July 31st that the United States Air Force had disrupted the test launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile "militia 3" (Minuteman III) from the Vanden Castle base in southern California.
It is reported that the missile was originally planned to launch from 0.01 to 6.01 local time in July 31st. The U.S. Air Force said the test was "successfully terminated" at 4:42 due to "abnormal circumstances that may bring about any unpredictable events during the test".
The U. S. Air Force's Global Strike Command said: "because exceptions may come from many factors related to the operating platform itself or the test equipment, it needs to be carefully analyzed to determine the cause..." An analysis group was set up for the cause of the investigation. "
The "militia" series of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles were originally used to implement nuclear containment during the cold war with the Soviet Union. At present, "militia 3" is the only land-based intercontinental ballistic missile installed in the United States. According to the latest data from public channels, the United States has altogether 450 "militia 3" missiles, which will be installed at least until 2020.
The "militia 3" intercontinental ballistic missile was installed in the US Army since 1970, and its production stopped at the end of 1978.
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