The LGM-30 Minuteman is the only land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) of the United States. The Minuteman was the world's first solid-fueled ICBM. The missiles are manufactured by Boeing.
There were three variants: Minuteman-I, Minuteman-II and Minuteman-III. Minuteman-I and Minuteman-II are now retired and Minuteman-III is the only active Minuteman missile.
The "L" in "LGM" is the Department of Defense designation for silo-launched, "G" stands for surface attack and "M" means guided missile. "Minuteman" derived from Minutemen of the American War of Independence.
The Minuteman missiles were conceived in the late 1950s. The first flight of the Minuteman-I missile was on February 1, 1961. Minuteman-II was launched in 1964. Minuteman-III was launched in 1968 and it had greater accuracy than the previous variants. Minuteman-I and Minuteman-II were retired in 1997, and since then Minuteman-III is the only land-based ICBM of the United States.
Minuteman missiles are solid-fueled, three-stage intercontinental ballistic missiles. At the end of the 20th century, there are over 500 Minuteman-III missiles in the inventory of the United States Air Force. Minuteman-III has a speed of approximately 15,000 mph and a range of over 6,000 miles.
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