The United States launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from California to test its defense system. According to Air Force Global Strike Command.
At 11:01 p.m., the Minuteman III missile launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base. According to an Air Force release, Thursday and its reentry vehicle went 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers) over the Pacific Ocean to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
The Air Force claimed that the launch was regular, despite American worries about North Korea’s missile testing and the passage of a Chinese surveillance balloon across the country at the time of the test.
The statement read, “Such tests have occurred more than 300 times previously, and this test is not the outcome of current international events.”
For many years, the Minuteman III system has been in use. The Sentinel, a new missile from the Air Force, will take its place.
According to the service, the Air Force is dedicated to ensuring Minuteman III remains a potent deterrent until full capability is attained in the middle of the 2030s.