US Test-Fires Minuteman III ICBM in Show of Nuclear Deterrence

The US has conducted back-to-back tests of its Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to validate its nuclear deterrence capabilities.

The first test, which occurred on June 4, involved an unarmed ICBM being launched from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

According to Air Force Global Strike Command, the test-launch aimed to “verify the safety, security, effectiveness, and readiness of the weapon system.”

Two days later, another unarmed Minuteman III was launched from the same location, traveling approximately 4,200 miles (6,759 kilometers) toward the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on the Marshall Islands.

The activity was reportedly meant to demonstrate that America’s nuclear deterrent is reliable and effective to deter modern threats.

“These tests hold immense significance, not only for our nation’s defense, but also serve as a pivotal moment in showcasing the exceptional capabilities and expertise of our dedicated team,” Space Launch Delta 30 vice commander Col. Bryan Titus said.

‘Not the Result of Current World Events’

The ICBM tests happened amid multiple geopolitical rifts involving US allies.

Washington has become the most important ally for Ukraine, which has been battling invading Russian forces since 2022.

It also serves as Taiwan’s most important military backer, with President Joe Biden reassuring the island nation of military support in the event of a Chinese invasion.

Earlier this week, an American B-1B strategic bomber dropped a precision-guided bomb in drills over the Korean Peninsula after Pyongyang sent hundreds of trash-filled balloons toward South Korea.

Despite the controversial timing of the tests, the Air Force Global Strike Command clarified they had nothing to do with current world events.

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