Van­den­berg con­ducts test launch of bal­lis­tic mis­sile Wednesday

The Tribune (SLO) - - Local - BY KAYTLYN LESLIE

We’re get­ting an­other mis­sile test this week, Cen­tral Coast.

Van­den­berg Air Force Base will con­duct a test of an un­armed Min­ute­man III in­tercon­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile on Wednesday, ac­cord­ing to a news release Mon­day.

The launch is sched­uled for be­tween 1:16 a.m. and 7:16 a.m. Wednesday.

Mis­sile launches are typ­i­cally vis­i­ble from much of the Cen­tral Coast, in­clud­ing San Luis Obispo County.

The test launch checks the ef­fec­tive­ness and ac­cu­racy of the nation’s de­fense sys­tems, ac­cord­ing to the release.

The Air Force base, lo­cated near Lom­poc, con­ducted a“mile­stone” mis­sile de­fense test in March in which the U.S. Mis­sile De­fense Agency fired in­ter­cep­tor mis­siles from it to hit an un­armed ICBM.

The test was meant to prac­tice how well the U.S. mil­i­tary could re­spond in the event of a mis­sile be­ing shot from an­other coun­try like North Korea or Iran.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @Kaytyleslie

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