Able-bod­ied Min­ute­man

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - AP/Van­den­berg Air Force Base/SE­NIOR AIR­MAN IAN DUD­LEY

An un­armed Min­ute­man 3 blasts off from Van­den­berg Air Force Base, Calif., early Wed­nes­day in a test of the in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile sys­tem. The launch, which tar­geted an area near the Mar­shall Is­lands in the Pa­cific Ocean, was car­ried out amid ten­sions with North Korea as it de­vel­ops its own ICBMs.

VAN­DEN­BERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The U.S. Air Force suc­cess­fully launched an un­armed in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile from Cal­i­for­nia, the fourth such test this year.

The 30th Space Wing says the Min­ute­man 3 mis­sile launched at 2:10 a.m. Wed­nes­day from Van­den­berg Air Force Base, about 130 miles north­west of Los An­ge­les.

An Air Force state­ment said the test would show the ef­fec­tive­ness, readi­ness, and ac­cu­racy of the weapon sys­tem.

Min­ute­man mis­siles are reg­u­larly tested with launches from Van­den­berg that send un­armed re-en­try ve­hi­cles 4,200 miles across the Pa­cific to a tar­get area at Kwa­jalein Atoll in the Mar­shall Is­lands.

The lat­est U.S. launches come amid ten­sions with North Korea as that na­tion de­vel­ops its own ICBMs.

Flight data on North Korea’s most re­cent test, con­ducted Friday, showed that a broad part of the main­land United States, in­clud­ing Los An­ge­les and Chicago, is now in range of Py­ongyang’s weapons, ac­cord­ing to an­a­lysts.

In re­sponse, 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.

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