The Pentagon on Thursday flight-tested a missile that had been banned under a treaty that Washington abandoned in August. The Air Force launched the non-nuclear configured missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles at about 8.30am local time, according to a base spokesperson. The prototype ground-launched missile flew more than 300 miles before plunging into the Pacific Ocean, the Pentagon said, without revealing the missile’s maximum range. The test was the second of a ground-launched, medium-range nuclear-capable missile since Washington exited the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Moscow. The Air Force launched the non-nuclear configured missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles at about 8.30am local time RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Top nuclear defense official quits Pentagon after making… House approves $738 billion defense bill recognizing Donald… Share this article Share The INF would have forbidden testing of the missile, as well as a cruise missile tested in August. Some U.S. arms control advocates warned that the test risks an unnecessary arms race with Moscow. The test comes amid growing uncertainty about the future of arms control. The last remaining treaty limitation on U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons – the New START treaty of… Read full this story
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