Minuteman III test missile launches from Vandenberg
30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published November 14, 2012
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An Air Force Global Strike Command Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a simulated reentry vehicle was launched during an operational test at 3:07 a.m., Nov.14 from Launch Facility 10 on North Vandenberg.
The purpose of the launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command officials.
30th Space Wing Western Range safety operations went as planned during the flight test.
"Today, Team Vandenberg and our mission partners' teamwork delivered another successful launch from America's West Coast spaceport," said Col. Brent McArthur, 30th SW vice commander. "The men and women of team V, Air Force Global Strike Command and other mission partners, worked tirelessly to provide safe and accurate operations. This dedication and cooperation resulted in another mission success."
The launch team, under the direction of the 576th Flight Test Squadron, included crew members from the 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont., and crew members from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb., on board the Airborne Command Post E-6B aircraft.
The launch was initiated by crew members on the aircraft employing the Airborne Launch Control System.
"Every successful test launch is the culmination of a tremendous amount of teamwork and preparation," said Col. David Lair, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander. "The data we receive from these tests is vital in ensuring a safe, secure and effective ICBM force."
The 576 FLTS is responsible for installed tracking, telemetry and command destruct systems on the missile, which collect data and ensure safety requirements are met.
The entire ICBM community, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and U.S. Strategic Command will use the data collected from this mission for continuing force development evaluation.
For information about the flight test, call Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs at (318) 456-1305 or after hours at (318) 456-2151.