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Air Force Demos Boeing-Built Minuteman III ICBM with Test Re-Entry Vehicle

Air Force Demos Boeing-Built Minuteman III ICBM with Test Re-Entry Vehicle - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Minuteman IIIThe U.S. Air Force“™s Global Strike Command tested a Boeing-built Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system Monday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The military branch said Monday 341st Missile Wing airmen launched the unarmed Minuteman III with a test re-entry vehicle that contained a telemetry package during the operational test, the Air Force said Monday.

The re-entry vehicle traveled nearly 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the service branch noted.

“I“™m extremely proud of the 21 maintainers and operators from the 341st Missile Wing Task Force who worked flawlessly alongside the professionals from the 576 FLTS to make this mission a success,“ said Lt. Col. Ron Clough, Task Force commander.

The Air Force conducted the test to evaluate the performance of the ICBM weapon system as a nuclear deterrent.

The departments of Defense and Energy as well as the U.S. Strategic Command will use data from the test in force development assessment efforts.

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