Vandenberg Air Force Base to launch unarmed missile this week

Vandenberg Air Force Base will launch an unarmed intercontinental-ballistic missile from the Central Coast on Wednesday.

The military base near Lompoc will test launch the Minuteman III missile between 12:15 am. and 6:15 a.m. from north Vandenberg, according to a news release.

The launch is meant to “validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system,” according to Air Force Global Strike Command.

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