Launch of "Minuteman" with no warhead was carried out at RAF "Vandenberg" on July 27 at 3:01 am local time. On the second minute of the experts at trial found that rocket flies with a deviation from these characteristics. In order to avoid the consequences rocket has been destroyed over the Pacific Ocean near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, said Associated Press.
What was the premise of an incorrect operation of the rocket, still to be determined. In the Air Force identified that staff acted in strict accordance with the annotation.
In recent weeks, it's the second start rocket Minuteman III of the mines on the basis of "Vandenberg", accompanied by technical problems. June 22 is on the launch pad "Minuteman" failed to take the team to the start communication with the aircraft Boeing E-6 Mercury, and eventually had a rocket launch command from the ground. Despite the problems, "Minutemen" hit the target at all the same Kwajalein Atoll.
Minuteman III (full title — LGM-30G Minuteman-III) — the only intercontinental ballistic rocket ground-based, consisting armed U.S. at this time. According to open sources, the U.S. Air Force have 500 missiles of this family with 550 nuclear warheads. Combat Duty "Minutemen" are at bases in North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.
The last couple of years, Minuteman III being upgraded. In this regard, the Air Force United States often conduct their tests.