VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The Air Force says an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile launched from central California's Vandenberg Air Force Base successfully reached its target near Guam.
The military says the missile blasted off at 3:03 a.m. Friday and its single re-entry test vehicle traveled approximately 5,300 miles to a target about 200 miles southwest of Guam.
It was described as a readiness test involving the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.
The launch involved Vandenberg's 576th Flight Test Squadron and 30th Space Wing, the 91st Missile Wing at North Dakota's Minot Air Force Base and the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron at Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base.
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