US Air Force test fires long-range missile capable of carrying nuclear weapon

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.

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