Air Force tests conventional ground-launched ballistic missile in California

The U.S. Air Force, in partnership with the Strategic Capabilities Office, conducted a flight test of a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile Thursday. Photo via U.S. Air Force

Dec. 13 (UPI) — The Air Force tested a prototype of a conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Thursday morning.

A joint government-industry team began work after the U.S. announced its suspension of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty obligations in February of this year.

hursday’s test marked the second launch of a ground-launched missile since the U.S. officially withdrew from the INF treaty in August.

The INF treaty, brokered in 1987 by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev prohibited intermediate-range land-based cruise and ballistic missiles. Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law in July suspending Russia’s participation in the deal.


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