Published: Fri, December 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russia Raises Concerns Over new US Ballistic Missile Test

Russia Raises Concerns Over new US Ballistic Missile Test

The US on Thursday test-launched a new ballistic missile from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California - a test that was previously banned by an arms-control treaty from which President Trump withdrew this year. "Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense's development of future intermediate-range capabilities".

According to a tweet at about 8:30 a.m., the Pacific Surfliner was stopped outside Guadalupe due to the exercise "near the tracks being done by Vandenberg AFB".

Thursday's test came as North Korea has hinted that it could undertake its own ballistic missile test within weeks as a "Christmas gift" if the USA does not come up with concessions in bilateral relations by the end of the year.

The Pentagon declined to reveal the maximum range of the missile tested.

However, he did tell Defense News that Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems was "the primary launch services contractor behind the execution of the mission".

"The National Defense Strategy provides very clear direction to restore our competitive edge in the reemergence of great power competition, and we owe it to our nation to rapidly evolve and develop our capacity to defend". That was after the expiration earlier in the month of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF.

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The type of missile was banned under the INF Treaty. The process typically takes 24 months.

The previous test occurred August 18, when the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated a prototype ground-launched cruise missile during a test at San Nicolas Island, off the coast of Ventura County.

A test in August, the first post-INF Treaty test of a ground-based cruise missile, involved a variant of the Tomahawk land-attack weapon launched from a Mark 41 Vertical Launch System.

The Trump administration chose to abandon the INF treaty, saying that while it had adhered to the treaty's limitations, Russian Federation had violated it by deploying a noncompliant cruise missile aimed at USA allies in Europe.

"Overseeing today's launch operations in the Western Range Operations Control Center reminded me of just how remarkable our Airmen and partnerships are", said Col.

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