Category Archives: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Air Force requesting proposals for next phase of ICBM replacement

The Air Force released a request for proposals for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program on July 16. The request is for the weapon system’s Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase and includes five production lot options to produce and deploy the weapon system, according to a release from the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Public

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Northrop Grumman vying for GBSB contract visits Great Falls; Tester challenges DoD on Minuteman funding

Two defense contractors are working on the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent system that will replace the current Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system currently used by the Air Force. The Minuteman system includes 450 launch silos spread across the missile fields of Malmstrom, Minot and F.E. Warren Air Force bases. Under the provisions of the New START arms control treaty

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341st Missile Wing wins another Omaha Trophy

The 341st Missile Wing has again been named the winner of the 2018 Omaha Trophy. Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, announced the winners June 3. The 341st Missile Wing won the award for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015 and 2017. Malmstrom celebrates Omaha Trophy win; remembers 9/11 attacks “The Omaha Trophy represents the best of the best in

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Malmstrom airmen among nuclear deterrence, operations award winners

The Air Force recently named the winners of the 2018 Nuclear Deterrence Operations Award and the Nuclear and Missile Operations Award. Malmstrom Air Force Base personnel are among the winners. The “awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of airmen contributing to nuclear deterrence operations and the missile operations career field respectively,” according to an Air Force release. “These individuals have made a

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Former Malmstrom commander nominated for second star

Malmstrom Air Force Base’s former commander has been nominated for another star. Brig. Gen. Tom Wilcox has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general, or a two-star general. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan announced April 3 that the president nominations for a number of Air Force generals, including Wilcox. Allen confirmed for brigadier general rank,

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Unmanned aircraft prohibited over nuclear convoys, alert and launch facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented special security instructions regarding the use of privately owned or operated unmanned aircraft over select national security sensitive facilities. Unmanned aircraft are prohibited from conducting flight operations within certain airspaces related to Malmstrom Air Force Base pursuant to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 99.7, according to Malmstrom release. Restricted

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Air Force conducts ICBM test launch in California

The Air Force conducted a test launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this week. The test launches are conducted at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Air Force typically conducts four test launches ICBMs annually and the tests are not related to real world events since they’re planned six months to a year in advance, according to

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Malmstrom construction underway to prepare for new helicopters

Malmstrom Air Force Base is currently scheduled to be the first base to receive the MH-139 helicopters that will replace the Hueys currently in use. Lt. Col. Alex Mignery,  commander of the 341st Civil Engineer Squadron, said Friday that the phased delivery of 11 new helicopters is estimated to begin in 2021. The Air Force is working on the environmental

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Malmstrom missile used in test launch

An intercontinental ballistic missile from Malmstrom Air Force Base was used in a test launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California overnight. The missile was pulled randomly from the 341st Missile Wing’s complex and transported to Vandenberg. Anomaly causes termination of Malmstrom ICBM during test launch Operators and maintainers from the 341st prepared the missile for launch, according to

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The History Museum’s new local military history documentary premiers Sept. 27

The History Museum is hosting a premier viewing of their new documentary, “Thunder under the Big Sky” on Sept. 27. The 58-minute film chronicles military history in northcentral Montana including the ferrying of warplanes from Gore Hill and what is now Malmstrom Air Force Base to Fairbanks, Alaska where they were then handed off to Russian pilots to use in

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