According to a press release from the Pentagon, the United States has just test-fired a prototype missile from the Vandenberg Air Base in California which flew 500 kilometers out before detonating into the ocean.
“Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense’s development of future intermediate-range capabilities,” read the press release.
A video of the launch was posted online by the DoD.
500 kilometers of missile flight was, up until quite recently, in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) negotiated by President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 as one the first steps towards denuclearizing the chessboard during the twilight of the Cold War.
President Trump formally withdrew the United States from the treaty this summer calling it a “relic” of Cold War history and “obsolete” in modern military strategy.