The U.S. Tested New Prototype Ballistic Missile

The U.S. Tested New Prototype Ballistic Missile 13 December, 2019

The United States has tested a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile occurred at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 12.  The weapon is reported to have flown more than 500km. The press release says the launch took place within nine months of contract award. “The joint government-industry team began work after the U.S. suspended its Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty obligations in February 2019 and executed the launch within nine months of contract award when the process typically takes 24 months” the press release reads

The test marked the second of a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched missile system since the U.S. withdrew from the INF Treaty in August.

On Aug. 18, 2019, SCO, in conjunction with the U.S. Navy, successfully demonstrated a prototype ground-launched cruise missile during a test at San Nicolas Island, California.


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