The U.S. military can test medium-range ballistic missiles with a range of 3,000-4,000 km in November, after withdrawing from the INF.
Plans to conduct a new ground-launched ballistic missile test in November were given by Pentagon officials in March. By September, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Soofer confirmed the Pentagon is on track for this mid-range missile test.
Defense Department spokesman Robert Carver neither confirmed nor denied the planned launch of the missile, nor was it able to provide any information on when and where the test would be conducted when asked.
The Pershing II ballistic missile at McGregor field in Bliss fortress, Texas, USA is one of the great missiles made by the US.
This could be the first time the US has tested a new medium-range ballistic missile after it pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on August 2, arguing that the agreement no longer benefits the country. The INF treaty was signed in 1987 by the USSR and the United States, prohibiting the development of ground-launched ballistic missiles with a range of 500-5,000 km. The US and Russia have both accused the other of violating the terms of the INF treaty.
The new American medium-range ballistic missile is likely to have a range of about 3,000-4,000 km. US officials say the missile will be deployed on Guam after at least the next five years, which could pose a greater direct threat to Russia and China.
Military expert Aaron Mehta predicts the tested missile could be a ground-based version of Standard Missile-3 Block IIA or a converted surface-to-air interceptor missile.
US officials say they have no plans to develop nuclear warhead-guided missiles restricted by the INF Treaty. However, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the US “will pursue the development of conventional ground-launched missiles to react cautiously to Russia and increase the ability to select conventional attack capabilities”.