Minuteman III - New missile launched by US

Q.  What is the name of the intercontinental ballistic missile launched in US amidst growing tensions in North Korea?
- Published on 28 Apr 17

a. Minuteman II
b. Minuteman III
c. Minuteman IV
d. Minuteman V

ANSWER: Minuteman III
Minuteman III - New missile launched by USAn unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test from an air base in the state of California, amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a single test re-entry vehicle was launched on 26th April 2017 by a combined team of United States Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen.

According to US Air Force, the ICBM’s re-entry vehicle, which contained a telemetry package used for operational testing, travelled to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, approximately 4,200 miles away from the launch site.

The ICBM test launch program demonstrates the operational credibility of the Minuteman III.

It also ensures the US ability to maintain a strong, credible nuclear deterrent as a key element of national security and the security of allies and partners.

The Minuteman III is one of three legs of the US nuclear triad, which also comprises strategic bombers such as the B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit, as well as submarine launched ballistic missions, provided by Navy submarines.

Though US Air Force Global Strike Command routinely conducts ICBM test launches from Vandenberg, the latest is still a great concern amid heightened tensions between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Minuteman III: Know More
  • Unit cost : $7,000,000
  • Guidance system : Inertial
  • Warhead : Nuclear: W62, W78, or (from 2006) W87
  • Launch platform : Missile Silo (MLCC)

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