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On two occasions this year, Minuteman III launch control officers violated Air Force safety rules by deliberately leaving the blast door to their launch control center open while one of the two crewmembers inside the center slept, reported the Associated Press on Tuesday.

The first case happened at Minot AFB, N.D., in April; the second incident occurred in May at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., according to the wire service's Oct. 22 report.

In each case, the Air Force meted out administrative punishment to the launch crew commander and deputy commander, stated AP.

While the Air Force instruction on ICBM weapon safety allows for one crewmember at a time to nap on duty in the LCC, it states that both crewmembers must be awake if the center's blast door is open, according to AP.

This is to prevent someone from gaining unauthorized access to the center.

"This is not a training problem. This is some people out there are having a problem with discipline," Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, head of Air Force Global Strike Command, told AP.

The security of the crews' Minuteman missiles was not compromised in either case, according to the report.




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A volte succede ... ... airforcemag.com ... https://www.airforcemag.com/icbm-shuts-itself-down-before-launch-test-aborted/ ... (*) … afgsc.af.mil ... https://www.afgsc.af.mil/News/Article-

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The Air Force completed the first programmed depot maintenance of a nuclear launch facility since its activation in the 1960s.
The first launch site belongs to Malmstrom AFB, Mont. The remainder of the sites at Malmstrom, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., and Minot AFB, N.D., will be completed over the next eight years and will then remain on an eight-year PDM cycle.
Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, visited all three ICBM bases last week including a May 10 visit to the Malmstrom site where members of the 583rd Missile Maintenance Squadron, formerly Rivet Mile, were completing their work.
Gli esordi ... in un documentario dell'USAF ...


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Altro giro ... altra corsa ...

I Minuteman III si avviano a diventare 'eterni' come i B-52 ...


Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff USAF Gen. Paul Selva said Thursday the Air Force’s intercontinental ballistic missiles may need a fourth refurbishment program to extend their viability before the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent becomes available in the late 2020s.
“The Minuteman III was put in the ground in 1973 with a plan to do two life extensions,” Selva said at a Strategic Deterrent Coalition conference outside Washington, D.C. 
“We are now on the third and may have to do a fourth before we can get its replacement in the ground.”
GBSD, in development at Boeing and Northrop Grumman, is expected to begin entering service in fiscal 2029.

 ... airforcemag.com ... Selva: DOD May Again Refurbish ICBMs ...

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Ho letto un interessante articolo sul sistema di guida inerziale del Peacekeeper:


"AIRS was critical in lowering the circular error probable (CEP, aka accuracy) of the missile down to 40 meters. The Minuteman III, which remains in service today, has a CEP of roughly six times that."

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Salto di qualità ...


In 2014, “60 Minutes” made famous the 8-inch floppy disks used by one antiquated Air Force computer system that, in a crisis, could receive an order from the president to launch nuclear missiles from silos across the United States.
But no more. 
At long last, that system, the Strategic Automated Command and Control System or SACCS, has dumped the floppy disk, moving to a “highly-secure solid state digital storage solution” this past June, said Lt. Col. Jason Rossi, commander of the Air Force’s 595th Strategic Communications Squadron.

... c4isrnet.com ... The US nuclear forces’ Dr. Strangelove-era messaging system finally got rid of its floppy disks ...


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An unarmed Minuteman III test launch was aborted May 5 when the missile’s computer detected a fault during its terminal countdown and stopped the launch process, Air Force Global Strike Command said in a statement (*).
The Air Force regularly tests its ICBM fleet with launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to ensure the missiles are effective.
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It is the first unsuccessful test of a Minuteman III since 2018, when a launched missile developed an “anomaly” during flight.

... airforcemag.com ... https://www.airforcemag.com/icbm-shuts-itself-down-before-launch-test-aborted/ ...

(*)afgsc.af.mil ... https://www.afgsc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2595189/minuteman-iii-test-launch-aborts-prior-to-launch/ ...


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Dalla pagina "Contracts" del DoD del 7 Luglio 2021 ...


Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has been awarded a $3,860,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile ground subsystems support. 
This contract provides for sustaining engineering, maintenance engineering, test and assessment, modification of systems and equipment, software maintenance, developmental engineering, production engineering, repair and procurement. 
Work will be performed at Hill AFB, Utah; Vandenberg AFB, California; Malmstrom AFB, Montana; Minot AFB, North Dakota; FE Warren AFB, Wyoming; and Offutt AFB, Nebraska. 
The work is expected to be completed July 6, 2039. 
This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with two offers received. 
Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $500,000 are being obligated at the time of award on the first task order. 
Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill AFB, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8214-21-D-0002).

Anche qui ... news.northropgrumman.com ... https://news.northropgrumman.com/news/releases/us-air-force-selects-northrop-grumman-to-continue-its-role-as-icbm-ground-subsystems-support-contractor ...


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