NEAR LOMPOC (CBSLA.com) – An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will be test launched in the early morning hours Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The Minuteman III launch by U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command is scheduled to take place between midnight and 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from Vandenberg.READ MORE: Tournament Of Roses Parade Floats Go On Test Drive In Irwindale Saturday
This latest launch comes less than a week after North Korea tested its second-ever ICBM, which military experts said has the potential to reach Los Angeles.READ MORE: Average LA County Gas Prices Up $1.19 From Last Year: AAA
Vandenberg has done several Minuteman test launches in the past, the latest coming on April 26 and May 3. Those two missiles traveled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean’s Marshall Islands.
The Minuteman III ICBM launch is designed to “validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system.”MORE NEWS: One Killed, One Injured In Traffic Crash On Freeway In Santa Ana
It is one of three legs of the nuclear triad, along with strategic bombers and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.