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The missile test comes amid massive NATO war games across Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, the Russian military has deployed 76,000 troops, over 10,000 vehicles, 65 warships, 16 support vessels, 15 submarines, and 200 warplanes and helicopters for surprise drills across the country
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches at 3:36 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, March 23, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile was randomly selected from F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo. as a part of the system's operational test and evaluation program, which provides valuable data to evaluators and validates the reliability of the ICBM fleet.
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The launch was scheduled long in advance, but the original mid-April date coincided with heightened tensions in East Asia. The launch was delayed to prevent it from being misconstrued by North Korea.