The US Air Force has test-fired an unarmed long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command.
Deployed from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the missile travelled roughly 4,200 miles on Wednesday to a test range near the Marshall Islands, CNN reported.
An Air Force statement called the test “an important demonstration of our nation’s nuclear deterrent capability.”
The test launched a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from the Airborne Launch Control System on a Navy E-6 Mercury jet, according to the Air Force.
The US regularly tests its intercontinental weapon system to verify its accuracy and reliability — with launches scheduled long in advance, according to defence officials.