Minuteman III Test Launch Aborts Prior to Launch

Minuteman III Test Launch Aborts Prior to Launch
Minuteman III Test Launch Aborts Prior to Launch

Air Force Global Strike Command announced that unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, experienced a ground abort prior to launch. The cause of the ground abort is currently under investigation. Air Force Global Strike Command is assessing the potential to reschedule the launch.


The LGM-30 Minuteman is a U.S. land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in service with the Air Force Global Strike Command. As of 2021, the LGM-30G Minuteman III version is the only land-based ICBM in service in the United States and represents the land leg of the U.S. nuclear triad and the Trident submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) and nuclear weapons carried by long-range strategic bombers.

Minuteman III Test Launch Aborts Prior to Launch