U.S. Space Force to conduct first ICBM test; Malmstrom crews involved
(The Electric) A developmental test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 5, between 1:08 a.m. and 7:08 a.m., according to the Air Force Global Strike Command.
It’s the first test launch on the Western Range since the 30th Space Wing became part of the United States Space Force, according to AFGSC.
The test is not related to any real-world events, according to the Air Force. Malmstrom crewmembers will participate.
“This launch marks a very special moment in our nation’s history,” Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, said in a release. “Providing the range support needed to facilitate this launch showcases how the Space Force will continue to support and integrate into the joint fight to ensure national security for our country.”
Developmental testing provides valuable data to AFGSC and tests the systems, procedures and airmen from the initial mission planning to the final weapons employment phases.
Because it’s a developmental test launch, it will be initiated by Air Force crewmembers from the 341 Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base and the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren in Wyoming.
The 91st Missile Wing at Minot will also participate in a launch control center at Vandenberg AFB in California. Maintenance personnel supporting the launch are from Malmstrom, according to AFGSC.