An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during a developmental test at 12:33 a.m. Pacific Time Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. AFNWC supported the test, which focused on the ICBM fuze....
A joint test assembly undergoes a flight test at Sandia National Laboratories’ Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center received formal approval in late October 2018 to enter the production phase for the B61-12 nuclear...
An unarmed AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missile maneuvers over the Utah Test and Training Range en route to its final target during a Nuclear Weapons System Evaluation Program simulated combat mission Sept. 22, 2014. The ALCM, released from a B-52H...
A launch facility operated by Malmstrom Air Force Base is shown April 13, 2017. The 583rd Missile Maintenance Squadron, part of Air Force Materiel Command, completed programmed depot maintenance on a launch facility at Malmstrom, a first-ever for...
Air Force Materiel Command’s commander, Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., (left), shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Shaun Q. Morris, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center commander, as he presents him with the center’s sixth Air Force Organizational Excellence award...
Unarmed Minuteman III launched during an operational test on Oct. 2, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The test demonstrates the United States’ robust, flexible and ready nuclear deterrent tailored to deter 21st century threats and...

Minuteman III Launch Tests AFNWC Fuze

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during a developmental test at 12:33 a.m. Pacific Time Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. It tested AFNWC's new fuze to set off the Minuteman’s W-87 nuclear warhead. The current fuze is already three times older than its originally planned life span.

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