Successful Test Launch of Minuteman III ICBM

June 4, 2024 – Airmen and Guardians from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, successfully launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile today. The test, which is part of a routine evaluation program, underscores the reliability and effectiveness of the United States’ nuclear deterrent capabilities.

The launch, conducted at Vandenberg Space Force Base, is a critical demonstration of the nation’s commitment to maintaining a safe, secure, and effective nuclear arsenal. It serves as a deterrent against potential threats and provides reassurance to U.S. allies regarding the country’s defense readiness.

By ensuring the operational readiness of its ICBM force, the United States continues to uphold its strategic defense posture, contributing to global stability and security. The Minuteman III test launch is part of ongoing efforts to validate the performance and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent.

This successful launch marks another milestone in the continued efforts to ensure that the nation’s defense capabilities remain robust and capable of responding to any threats.–Photo By: Air Force Airman 1st Class Olga Houtsma