Arnold center in Tennessee tests ICBM motor

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee has tested one of the final Minutemen III intercontinental ballistic missile motors to roll off the assembly line.

AEDC spokesmen said the motor met all specification requirements.

Denny Elston, project engineer for the center's operating contractor, said it was the last of the production runs, so it was a significant test.

The center has tested hundreds of Minutemen missiles over the years. The recent tests were third generation motors.

The Minuteman ICBM is the land-based missile component of the country's three-part nuclear defense.

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