An intercontinental ballistic missile will be launched Wednesday (2017/04/26) from
Vandenberg Air Force Base to test the weapon’s effectiveness, accuracy
and readiness, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command.
Minuteman III missile test launch will occur between 12:01 and 6:01
a.m. from the north end of the base near Lompoc, according to
Vandenberg’s 30th Space Wing. The 576th Flight Test Squadron, which will
help oversee the operational test launch, is responsible for telemetry,
tracking and command destruct systems on the missile.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, criticized the timing of the launch, citing heightened tension between the U.S. and North Korea. In recent weeks, North Korea has stepped up its testing of ballistic missiles.
“When it comes to missile testing, the U.S. is operating with a clear double standard: It views its own tests as justified and useful, while it views the tests of North Korea as threatening and destabilizing,” foundation president David Krieger said in a statement.