While the US claim this is not a response to recent North Korean actions, they say this demonstrates the system is secure, effective and ready to deter, detect and defend against attacks on the US and its allies.
The launch featured an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a single test reentry vehicle.
The ICBM’s reentry vehicle, which contained a telemetry package used for operational testing, travelled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands according tot he US Air Force. These test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system.
Col. Dave Kelley, the 576th FLTS commander said:
“This operational test launch highlights the commitment and outstanding professionalism of the 90th Missile Wing, the 576th Flight Test Squadron and our mission partners in the 30th Space Wing.
These test launches require the highest-degree of technical competence and commitment at every level and provide critical data necessary to validate the reliability, accuracy and performance of the ICBM force.”
Lt. Col. Troy Stauter, the Glory Trip 223 Task Force commander said:
“I am extremely proud of the operators and maintainers from the 90th Missile Wing. This task force worked flawlessly alongside the absolute professionals from the 576 FLTS to make this mission a success.
Promoting the deterrence, assurance and strike capability of the Minuteman III could not be done without the dedication, professionalism and teamwork of the men and women of Air Force Global Strike Command.”