The United States has a thousand minuteman missiles, deployed at 6 bases, in the northwest region of the country.
The United States has a thousand minuteman missiles, deployed at 6 bases, in the northwest region of the country. Half of that force....500 missiles, is being replaced with a new weapon, Minuteman 3.
Monday (May 25) the United States defense department permitted newsmen to witness the emplacement of one of these new missiles near an Air Force Base in the midwestern city of Minot, North Dakota.
The new rocket can deliver 3 warheads on 3 different targets....3 hydrogen bombs in a single package.
Monday the missile was taken to the site in a special container which was raised over an underground silo. The missile inside is 60 feet long and 6 feet in diameter. It can fly more than 6-thousand miles to deliver its three warheads on target. Each warhead is capable of destroying a medium sized city.
A 40 ton concrete and steel silo door was moved back slowly to receive the missile Monday. These silos are supposed to be able to take all but a direct hit from an enemy missile and still be capable of firing back.