28 Jul 2011

US military aborts missile test over Marshall Islands

2:10 pm on 28 July 2011

Launch controllers in the US Air Force have destroyed an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile over the Pacific after detecting a problem with it, minutes after take-off.

The Associated Press reports that it's the second problem with the Minuteman 3 missile during tests this summer at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The missile was terminated early yesterday morning over the ocean northeast of Roi-Namur, an island within Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The Air Force says there'll be an investigation.

The US military regularly tests unarmed missiles to check reliability and accuracy.