LOS ANGELES, July 28. (ARMS-TASS). U.S. Air Force launched an investigation to determine the exact cause of an unsuccessful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) "Minuteman-3."
Its preliminary findings will be announced no earlier than one day. Itar-Tass reported Command Vandenberg Air Force Base (sht.Kaliforniya), which was the launch of the rocket.
"Minuteman-3" was launched on Wednesday at 03:01 on U.S. Pacific Coast time (14:01 MSK) and was destroyed after 5 minutes. During the flight, were reported "anomalies, it was decided to terminate the flight for safety reasons." "The design parameters are exceeded, so the control center was sent a team to self-destruction", specified the command base.
Flight distance "Minuteman-3" up to 9 thousand 656 km, speed — about 24 thousand 140 km / h, the height of the flight — one thousand 126 km. The missile was destroyed over the Pacific Ocean northeast o.Roy-Namur (Marshall Islands), almost reaching the intended target — Kwajalein Atoll.