U.S. Air Force Tests Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile in California

In this photo provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base, an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
In this photo provided by Vandenberg Air Force Base, an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The Air Force says an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile has been launched from California’s central coast in the latest test of the intercontinental system.

The missile blasted off at around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles.

The Air Force says the missile carried a test re-entry vehicle that headed for a target area 4,200 miles away near the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The Air Force routinely uses Vandenberg to test Minuteman missiles from bases around the country.

SOURCE: AP