USA Test Fires Minuteman ICBM, South Korea Getting New Missiles
The Unites States and South Korea are trading tit for tat with North Korea in the testing and acquiring of missiles. Apparently the USAF launched a Minuteman3 ICBM from Vandenberg AFB this morning at about 3AM. The 3 warheads from the missile hit their target at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean, about 4200 miles away.
I simply cannot believe that this test firing of one of our ICBMs was anything other than a response to the North Koreans and a pre-emptive test that will “one up” the North Korean’s scheduled test later this week when they are to fire an ICBM towards Hawaii. Our missiles actually reach their targets. I do wish the Air Force had chosen a target impact zone just off the west coast of North Korea…near where their missile is scheduled to be launched. I doubt the NORKS understand “subtle”, they need to be slapped around a bit.
Here is the news wire story:
And here are a couple of articles that give basic information on the Minuteman ICBM. There are some descrepancies between the 2 articles. Basically it should be noted that our ICBMs are about 40 years old. There have been few upgrades. WE NO LONGER MANUFACTURE ICBMs NOR HAVE WE MADE ANY NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO REPLACE OUR AGING ARSENAL IN THE PAST 20+ YEARS.
The South Koreans are purchasing 40 AIM Standard Surface to Air missiles from the US to upgrade their Aegis equipped Destroyers.
Of course the North Koreans are complaining about our military beefing up the defences of Hawaii by placing a THAAD anti-missile system there and towing an experimental radar platfomorm to the waters off Hawaii. See the North Korean story here:
All of this to say that the tension between us and the North Koreans is increasing. I expect that we will be at war with North Korea within two years.