Tuesday, April 25, 2017
HOT: US To Test Fire ICBM Tonight That Can Reach North Korea
And the silly but very dangerous escalation between the US and North Korea continues.
US military personnel will test fire the deadly (unarmed) Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. tonight from the north end of the Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc in California, reports the UK Daily Star.
Col John Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, will oversee the launch of the long range missile, saying:
"Team V is once again ready to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to successfully launch another Minuteman III missile.
These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities.
We are proud of our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron to execute these missions for the nation."
Col Deane Konowicz, the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron commander, said the test will send a message to enemies of the US.
He said: “The Simulated Electronic Launch of a Minuteman III ICBM is a signal to the American people, our allies, and our adversaries that our ICBM capability is safe, secure, lethal and ready.
“It highlights the ground and airborne command and control elements of an electrically-isolated ICBM, demonstrating that our deployed ICBMs will respond to critical launch commands.”
According to the Star, the test of the ICBM will warn North Korea that its nukes are “lethal and ready”.
at 8:18 PM