US Conducts Simulated Launch of Long-Range Nuclear Missile to Test Readiness

© AP Photo / Vandenberg Air Force BaseAn image provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base shows an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile being launched during an operational test Wednesday May 22, 2013, from Launch Facility-4 on Vandenberg AFB, Calif
An image provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base shows an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile being launched during an operational test Wednesday May 22, 2013, from Launch Facility-4 on Vandenberg AFB, Calif - Sputnik International
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The United States has successfully completed test-firing of Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Pentagon announced.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Air Force 90th Missile Wing has completed a successful simulated electronic firing of a nuclear tipped Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Department of Defense announced in a press release.

"The Simulated Electronic Launch of a Minuteman III ICBM is a signal to the American people, our allies, and our adversaries that our ICBM capability is safe, secure, lethal and ready," 625th Strategic Operations Squadron commander Lt. Col. Deane Konowicz stated in the release on Wednesday.

The April 10-12 test demonstrated that deployed ICBMs will respond to critical launch commands, Konowicz added.

The 90th Missile Wing operates 150 Minuteman III ICBMs and the associated launch facilities, the release noted.

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