The United States Air Force issued a statement in August 2nd that at 4:42 a.m. local time, the US Army suspended a "militia 3" intercontinental ballistic missile flight test, and the missile destroyed itself over the Pacific Ocean at 4:42 a.m. local time.
According to the report, the United States Air Force Global Strike Command said that the same day the U. S. Army from the California air force base to test a "militia 3" intercontinental missile, missile in the flight process, the test personnel then issued self detonate instructions, missiles in the air over the Pacific self destruction.
The air force said the flight test was a routine test to verify the reliability and accuracy of the militia 3 system. The missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at the Kwajaling Range in the Marshall Islands, with a flight distance of 6759 km.
Militia 3 missile launch (data map)
According to the information released by the US Army, the missile should be a malfunction in the boost phase, and the warhead has not yet separated from the missile.
The air force said the accident was an accident, and there were more than one possible reason for the accident.
A number of departments of the US air force are working together to set up an analytical team to conduct an in-depth investigation of the incident.
The United States refurbished and partially modified the militia's 3 missile power, warhead and electronic system in the 90s and early twenty-first Century of the last century, but now most of its solid rocket engines have also been stored for more than 10 years.
The observer network military commentator said that the "militia 3" intercontinental missile has been in service since 1976, although the US Army has refurbished the rocket engines from 1998, and reformed its warhead and guidance system after 2005, but as a whole it is still quite old. How the effect of the installation is doubtful. In particular, the last "militia 3" missile engine has been updated in 2009, this year is close to a 10-year warranty. In addition, with the aging of the missile, problems such as failure of components and malfunction, which are not expected at the time of design, have long gone beyond the scope of detection and detection of troops before and before launching. So the first time the US Air Force was unable to determine the real cause of the failure of the missile test.
The U.S. Congress has now approved the development of the next-generation intercontinental missile GBSD, but it is expected that the missile will not be operational until at least 2025. That is to say, the US Army will stick to the "militia 3" missile that has been "renewed" for many years.
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