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Missile defense test scheduled

The LGM-30G Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is an element of the nation’s strategic deterrent forces. The "L" in LGM is the Department of Defense designation for silo-launched; "G" means surface attack; and "M" stands for guided missile.

The LGM-30G Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is an element of the nation’s strategic deterrent forces. The "L" in LGM is the Department of Defense designation for silo-launched; "G" means surface attack; and "M" stands for guided missile.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Space Wing and Missile Defense Agency are scheduled to conduct a test of the ground-based interceptor system on Jan. 31.

The ground-based interceptor system will launch approximately between 2 - 5:30 p.m.

The test will involve the launch of a target missile from Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the launch of a long-range interceptor missile from Vandenberg, with the interceptor missile attempting to intercept the target warhead at a point over the south central Pacific Ocean.