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Vandenberg Air Force Base to launch unarmed missile this week

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test on May 9, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

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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