first published on August 20, 2019 by Will
The Pentagon conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) from San Nicolas Island, Calif. on Aug. 18, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
The test was conducted just three weeks after the US officially backed out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which banned the possession, development, and testing of ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of 310 to 3,400 miles.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States’ withdrawal from the agreement in early 2019 after last ditch effort talks with Russia failed.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov threatened back in October 2018 that a unilateral withdrawal by the United States from the INF Treaty would be “very dangerous” and cause a “military-technical” retaliation.
In the following video, the test missile exits the ground mobile launcher and reportedly accurately impacted its target after flying more than 500 kilometers. The DOD will use the data from the test to develop future intermediate-range capabilities.