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Air Force successfully tests intercontinental ballistic missile

SpaceWar.com reports: “The U.S. Air Force says the nation’s nuclear arsenal is effective and ready following the successful test launch of a missile early Wednesday morning.

The unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California shortly before 1 a.m. on Wednesday, according to an Air Force press release.

Overseen by the Air Force Global Strike Command, the purpose of the test was to check the weapon system’s security and effectiveness.

‘These test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent,’ Col. Robert Long, Space Launch Delta 30 commander who was in charge of the launch, said in a statement…”

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