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US test-fires intercontinental ballistic missile from California: Video

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An unarmed Minuteman III missile launches on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The US Air Force has announced that it has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman III missile that is an intercontinental ballistic missile from a base in California.

The ballistic missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the coast northwest of Los Angeles on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

A test re-entry vehicle was on the missile, according to the Air Force. The missile successfully hit the target area near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, some 4,200 miles (6,750 kilometers) away.

American officials said the missile test marked two anniversaries of the Minuteman missile program and sent a message to adversaries.



“The launch itself is going to ensure that the missile is going to do what it was designed to do, and it's good to see that, because we don't get this every day,” said Lt. Benjamin Shea, assistant flight commander at the 741st Missile Squadron.

Gen. Robin Rand, US Air Force Global Strike Command's new commander, said he was impressed by the knowledge, the skills and the teamwork that Airmen demonstrated during the test launch.

"When I think of the value of these types of tests have played over the years, I think of the messages we send to our allies who seek protection from aggression and to adversaries who threaten peace," he said.


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