The Americans successfully launched the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Let us remind you that her tests in May were unsuccessful.
The Pentagon announced the tests of ICBMs on August 11. The launch was made from the territory of the Vandenberg base in California. The head part fell in the Pacific Ocean, having covered 6, 75 thousand kilometers.
The purpose of the tests is to monitor the readiness of the complex. In addition, it served as a demonstration to US allies of the "safety, reliability and effectiveness" of US nuclear deterrent.
Airmen from the 576th Test Squadron worked with our mission partners at @ SLDelta30 to conduct an operational #MinutemanIII test launch. These tests provide readiness data and assure our nation's allies that our nuclear deterrent is safe, secure and effective. #SafeSecureReady pic.twitter.com/Bjsnq8qiPl
- Department of Defense ?? (@DeptofDefense) August 11, 2021
The testing is also important because the recent May Minuteman III tests failed. Technical problems caused the rocket to fail to launch.
Minuteman III entered service in 1970. Since then, the complex has been modernized several times. It is now the only silo-based ICBM in service with the United States.
It will be replaced by a new rocket, which is being created under the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, or GBSD program. It is assumed that the first launch of the product will take place in 2023. Initial combat readiness is slated for the end of the decade, and full combat readiness is scheduled for 2036. By that time, 400 missiles of a new type should be created.