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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


LGM-30 Minuteman III

Specifications
Primary function: Intercontinental ballistic missile
Contractor: Boeing Co.
Power plant: Three solid-propellant rocket motors;
first stage, Thiokol;
second stage, Aerojet-General;
third stage, United Technologies Chemical Systems Division
Thrust: First stage, 202,600 pounds (91,170 kilograms)
Length: 59.9 feet (18 meters)
Weight: 79,432 pounds (32,158 kilograms)
Diameter: 5.5 feet (1.67 meters)
Range: 6,000-plus miles (5,218 nautical miles)
Speed: Approximately 15,000 mph (Mach 23 or 24,000 kph) at burnout
Ceiling: 700 miles (1,120 kilometers)
Guidance systems: Inertial system: Autonetics Division of Rockwell International;
ground electronic/security system: Sylvania Electronics Systems and Boeing Co.
Load: Re-entry vehicle: General Electric MK 12 or MK 12A
Warheads: Three (downloaded to one as required by the Washington Summit Agreement, June 1992)
Yield:
Circular Error Probable: 360-foot radius
Unit cost: $7 million
Date deployed: June 1970, production cessation: December 1978
Inventory: Active force, 530; Reserve, 0; ANG, 0
Operational Units:




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