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US Air Force Global Strike Command will test launch unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Sunday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc Record reported Today.

The Air Force Global Strike Command, unarmed missile will be launched to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system.

“The launch process requires tremendous teamwork and involves months of preparation,” said Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, who is the launch decision authority. “The data gained from these launches allows us to maintain a high readiness capability and ensures operational effectiveness of the most powerful weapons in the nation's arsenal.” Balts added.

The earlier ICBM test launch from VAFB occurred March 27. This will be the third such test from VAFB this year.

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