Minuteman III scheduled for test launch Feb. 7

Photo by Vandenberg Air Force Base

An operational test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, between 11:03 p.m. and 5:03 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command.

Col. Chris Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority.

“Team Vandenberg is poised to provide safe launch operations in support of Air Force Global Strike Command’s important demonstration of our Nation’s secure and effective combat ready ICBM force,” Moss said. “The tremendous teamwork between the 30th Space Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command is apparent each time we launch a Minuteman III missile.”

The 576th Flight Test Squadron is responsible for installed tracking, telemetry and command destruct systems on the missile, which collect data and ensure safety requirements are met.

For information call Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs at (318) 456-1305 or after hours at (318) 532-1215.