VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile in the latest test on the Southern California coast.
The unarmed Minuteman 3 missile was launched Wednesday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
It was the first such test this year. The most recent was last August. A launch planned for February was postponed.
The Air Force says the test was to check the readiness, effectiveness and accuracy of the weapons system.
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Minuteman missiles are regularly tested with launches from Vandenberg that send unarmed re-entry vehicles to a target area in the middle of the Pacific.