Saturday, October 25th, 2014

VFB Launches 1st Missile This Year

Vandenberg-Missile-LaunchVandenberg Air Force Base officials say an unarmed Minuteman III test missile launched yesterday morning.

The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday morning, but was delayed due to range safety instrumentation issues.

It is traveling 4,200 miles across the Pacific, and is the first this year in a series of periodic launches to ensure the intercontinental missile force is reliable.

Last month, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel postponed a test launch from Vandenberg because of concern it could increase tension with North Korea.

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