An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III ICBM was launched during an operational test at 3:33 a.m. Thursday 26th from Launch Facility-9 on Vandenberg Air Force Base. The missile was shot out of an underground silo and It was the second Minuteman launch from Vandenberg this week.
¿What means Minuteman III?
- The LGM-30 Minuteman is a land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), designed to deliver nuclear warheads.
- The version LGM-30G Minuteman III is the only land-based ICBM in service in the United States.
- Each missile carries three nuclear warheads, which have a yield in the range of 300 to 500 kilotons.
- The letter “L” in “LGM” indicates that the missile is silo-launched; the “G” indicates that it is designed to attack ground targets; the “M” indicates that it is a guided missile.