United States successfully test flight of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile 2611141

a

Defence & Security Industry News - Northrop Grumman

 
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 09:22 AM
 
United States successfully test flight of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) recently supported the successful flight testing of the U.S. Air Force's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) weapon system. The operational flight test was conducted as part of the Air Force Global Strike Command's Force Development Evaluation Program. This program demonstrates and supports assessment of the accuracy, availability and reliability of the Minuteman III weapon system.
     
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) recently supported the successful flight testing of the U.S. Air Force's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) weapon system. The operational flight test was conducted as part of the Air Force Global Strike Command's Force Development Evaluation Program. This program demonstrates and supports assessment of the accuracy, availability and reliability of the Minuteman III weapon system.
Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile during flight test (Archive image)
     

The launch proceeded after a four-hour hold for down-range weather. The missile traveled approximately 4,800 miles in 30 minutes from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to the Ronald Reagan Test Site in the Kwajalein Atoll in the western chain of the Marshall Islands.

"Each operational test we conduct is critical to ensuring the safety, surety, reliability and effectiveness of our nation's ICBM weapons system," said Lori Belnap, director and program manager for Northrop Grumman's ICBM prime team. "We are proud to support the Air Force in its execution of this successful operational test launch program that continues to demonstrate the ongoing exceptional performance of the Minuteman III weapon system."

The Northrop Grumman-led ICBM prime team includes Boeing, Lockheed Martin, ATK and more than 20 additional companies. The team supports the Air Force in overall sustainment of the Minuteman weapon system including development, production, deployment and system modifications.

The LGM-30G Minuteman III is an intercontinental-range, silo-based, solid propellant ballistic missile system. The Minuteman III missile has a maximum range of 13,000 km (8078 miles) and carries a payload of three Reentry Vehicles (RVs). The missile originally used the 170 kT yield Mark 12 RV and later, the slightly heavier 335-350 kT Mark 12A RV.

The missile is 18.2 m long with a diameter of 1.85 m and a launch weight of 34,468 kg.

 

This website uses cookies to manage authentication, navigation, and other functions. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.