An inspection of the U.S. Air Force has awarded Tuesday “unsatisfactory” that control unit intercontinental nuclear missile (ICMB), a new setback for U.S. strategic forces, following a similar incident in May, announced the U.S. Air Force, according to AFP.
During an inspection conducted between August 5 to 13, designed to “assess the ability to execute transactions in compliance with nuclear safety rules”, 341st Missile Wing (341 Missile Regiment) received “unsatisfactory”, says the air force said in a statement .
This unit at Malmstrom base in Montana (northwest), controls 150 Minuteman III missile type, accounting for one third of U.S. intercontinental nuclear missiles.
Without specifying the content of reproach to the unit, the Air Force stated that it made “tactical errors during one of the exercises.”
“Failure does not mean that the unit is not able to fulfill its mission,” said Gen. Jim Kowalski, a spokesman for the strategic air forces. “These inspections are made so that they are difficult to pass,” he said.
This is the second time this year the U.S. Air Force is facing setbacks of its teams that control nuclear missiles. In early May, a total of 17 officers from the Base Minot in North Dakota (north), another missile base, it was withdrawn following an unsuccessful certification to assess their capacity to perform the launch.
Although it is rare that an officer responsible for operational control in type ICMB launch missiles lose their empowerment in this regard and to be sent to training that 17 cases were recorded at the same time is considered “unprecedented” , told AFP Lt. Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S. Air Force.
These officers could be certified again after a 60-day training. If Base Malmstrom, a new inspection will take place within 90 days.
Missile silos are spread over an area representing over 10% in France.