US Air Force To Test Launch ICBM From California Tonight

Tyler Durden's picture

Tonight the U.S. Air Force will test launch an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile California, its fourth such test in 2017.  The 30th Space Wing says the missile was to be launched between 12:01 a.m. and 6:01 a.m. Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, located 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

In a statement, Vandenberg base said the test would show the "effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy" of the weapon system.

Col. Michael Hough, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority. "Team V is postured to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to test launch the Minuteman III missile," said Hough. "Our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron shows that the Western Range stands ready and able to create a safe launch environment."

The 576th Flight Test Squadron will be responsible for installed tracking, telemetry, and command destruct systems on the missile.

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While Minuteman missiles are regularly tested with launches from Vandenberg that send unarmed re-entry vehicles 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers) across the Pacific to a target area at Kwajalein Atoll, the latest U.S. launches come amid tensions with North Korea as that nation develops its own ICBMs.

According to military analysts, who analyzed North Korea's latest, 2nd in one month ICBM test, a broad part of the mainland United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of Pyongyang’s weapons. In response to last Friday's launch, the U.S. Air Force flew two B-1 bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force. The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska.

Speaking to repoters, on Tuesday afternoon Rex Tillerson said that the US is not seeking regime change in North Korea, adding " we are not your enemy", although he conceded that the US is seeking to apply "peaceful pressure" on the Kim regime. He also clarified that the US does not blame China for the situation in North Korea, but wants it to use its economic leverage on Pyongyang. From Reuters:

  • U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE TILLERSON SAYS U.S. IS SEEKING TO APPLY "PEACEFUL PRESSURE" ON NORTH KOREA, SAYS OPTIONS ARE LIMITED
  • U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE TILLERSON SAYS U.S. DOES NOT BLAME CHINA FOR SITUATION IN NORTH KOREA, BUT WANTS IT TO USE ECONOMIC INFLUENCE ON PYONGYANG
  • TILLERSON SAYS U.S. DOES NOT SEEK REGIME CHANGE IN NORTH KOREA, "WE ARE NOT YOUR ENEMY"
  • TILLERSON SAYS WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A DIALOGUE WITH NORTH KOREA AT SOME POINT
  • TILLERSON SAYS U.S. AT PIVOT POINT IN RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA, LOOKING AT HOW TO DEFINE RELATIONSHIP IN FUTURE

Previous Minuteman ICBM launches this year were conducted in February, April and May. That month, the Air Force also conducted a test of a missile interceptor launched from Vandenberg which destroyed a mock warhead over the Pacific.

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rejected's picture

More like, "got your cats eye"

American immature, insane and inept government plays marbles, not chess.

HRClinton's picture

I'd prefer a Czech mate. 20 something.

:-)

debtor of last resort's picture

Hold on, Minuteman 'll be there in a second.

Why the fuck do we import third world savages to 'save' them and on the other hand threaten to kill eachother?

Crazy fucks.

froze25's picture

Because the White man needs constant anchors tied to his neck to keep him from progressing.

dasein211's picture

All the white guys were inbreeding for like 1,000 years already. Just look at how many married their sisters to keep royal blood pure-or you could go to Oklahoma or to a Quaker commune or to an Alabama Wal-Mart. Examples are rife!!

froze25's picture

Yeah the so called Royal over lords are totally fucked up. As for the inbreeding today that seams to be a middle eastern / South American thing. I recently spoke to a person in the medical field and said that they have to ask if Mothers and Fathers are related because its such a wide scale issue with 3rd world immigrants today.

dasein211's picture

Well the damage was done already for the white guys. 1000 years and we get the "Royal Hairdo" for president. Anyone who holds his daughter on his lap like that and talks about her like she's a hot piece of ass is definitely the culmination of 1000 years of inbreeding.

froze25's picture

Right...., there is also the tradition in Muslim communities of first cousins marring each other that is still popular today. Do you think that all white people are descendants of Royalty? I take it you really don't like Trump then.

dasein211's picture

No. I've been to Oklahoma. They didn't need to be royal as an excuse for inbreeding. Will agree that middle easterners aren't too far behind. Anyone that hides their women and waits until their wedding to see what their "prize" is is definitely bound to produce upset men who want to kill themselves(and have sex with young boys as concubines-forgot to add that). Trump is neither here nor there-but dawdling on his daughter's looks does creep me out.

froze25's picture

Agreed, saying your daughter is beautiful is one thing, saying she is hot, even in jest is another.

fbazzrea's picture

so...

USA launch good

PRNK launch bad 

balz's picture

Indeed.

Logic = both are bad or both are good.

cherry picker's picture

Like a bunch of kids, mine is bigger thant yours.

These guys call themselves lawmakers and military?

So how much is it gonna cost taxpayer for this little show?

I don't like to use the term but there are a bunch of idiots with oversize egos running the whole show.

Brazen Heist's picture

You're being way too polite.

There are a bunch of psychopaths with a one-track mind running the shit-show, and the rest are hopelessly enslaved sheep who think they are free.

Rainman's picture

Cost per Minuteman : $7million

Manufacturer: Boeing

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Thanks for the tip, Boeing: Buy buy buy!!!

kellys_eye's picture

For whose benefit?

To anyone else this is simply an exercise to tests the readiness of an offensive system that can be used to maintain American hegemony.

I can imagine the media headlines if Russia was doing the same kind of tests........

Mr. Pain's picture

The state of Nevada needs nukes to safeguard its interests against the United States. 

Brazen Heist's picture

I'm glad the burning issues are being addressed by the Empire....we have so much to gain from threatening and provoking nuclear war!

Libtard's picture

Maybe its really not a test

silverer's picture

So the US is committing another threatening test of an intercontinental ballistic missile?

yogibear's picture

We are a hair trigger away. Dangerous.

FrankThinkTank's picture

Minuteman III is an ancient pos. 3 mirvs? phhhfft. We either have operational shit we don't talk about, or we actually have shit missiles.

Why else would we still propagandize/parade such shit weapon systems? 

In.Sip.ient's picture

Actually the MM3 is a very good missile, deployed

in numbers around 700... so it isn't exactly incapable.

 

A version update might be a good idea, but otherwise,

its capability and numbers are pretty much on target.

 

silverer's picture

I'm concerned those missiles don't meet California emissions standards.

daveO's picture

So the manufacturer can get some new orders, of course.

Iranian Dictator's picture

John McCain is very pleased with this test and for bringing us one step closer to WW3. 

silverer's picture

I were John McCain, I'd be careful with stuff. That fallout radiation can cause cancer.

Ben A Drill's picture

Like it or not this shit show is going hot very soon.

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

What is this, perhaps some sanity? 

TILLERSON SAYS U.S. DOES NOT SEEK REGIME CHANGE IN NORTH KOREA, "WE ARE NOT YOUR ENEMY"

Perhaps the adults (with the brass) went into the room and explained that others can drop bombs too.  Refreshing so far, but I wouldn't put it past agent orange-tweeter to find a way to muck it up.

dirty fingernails's picture

No WH chaos. Nope, not here. Its those damned Dems or that guy over there. 

dirty fingernails's picture

Exactly. It's not good optics for stability or trust if the TiC keeps saying one thing and the SoS says the opposite. Then the Pentagram says MOAR WAR and now everybody is wondering if these people ever talk because they are all on different pages.

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

You raise such a good point. Have often wondered that. Do these guys ever actually talk to each other?  They seem so disjointed or the better word is mis-managed.

daveO's picture

Donald was not supposed to win! The swamp is trying to herd cats.

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

So true, the dog cought the car.  The dog is looking at the car going wtf ??

daveO's picture

Will this ignite a Tillerson purge? The Neocons won't like it one bit. No fig leaves allowed!

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Holy crap Dave, you LIKE stirring the pot.  Somthing like THAT would really put a real fox in the hen house!!!!

dirty fingernails's picture

So glad we didn't elect that warmonger Hillary. She'd have threatened every other country all the time, too.

Oh wait...

 

Pathetic show, asshole.

Brazen Heist's picture
  • TILLERSON SAYS U.S. AT PIVOT POINT IN RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA, LOOKING AT HOW TO DEFINE RELATIONSHIP IN FUTURE

Here's some advice: Define the relationship with less arm-twisting, bullying and clumsy Neocon cowboys tactics.

Can you lay off the imperialist bullshit for say, a whole month?

rejected's picture

My dick's bigger than your dick, my dick's bigger than yours,........

stupid shit....

GodSpeed_00's picture

Yikes, is this really happening...

0Theorem's picture

tick tock ... calibrate to Zulu time.

FreeEarCandy's picture

Everyone is stuck on stupid. This is all about greed because there are no winners in a nuke exchange.  

The solution is to play both ends against the middle-the middle being greed and the ends being NK and China.

Cut trade with China and hand it to NK. Let their human nature take them over while we sit back and enjoy the profits of doing business with NK and their Cheaper labor. 

Everyone thinks this is about war. It is not. THERE ARE NO WINNERS! Thus everyone is stuck on stupid.

daveO's picture

Or just stop drinking the propagandists' Kool Aid.

rejected's picture

We're a democracy right, or so they tell us 24 and 7.

Could we please have a referendum on whether we all die in some nuclear confrontation?

It would be interesting to see just how brainwashed Americans are.

Soph's picture

Uhm, ok, so how does that play out exactly? Just because the US votes one way or another has 0 effect on what the other nuclear powers do with their weapons.

Or does a big hug-fest start once the US rids itself of nukes and the age of Aquarius begin?