Artist’s rendering of WGS-11+

Photo Gallery

2nd Gen Ballistic Missiles

PEACEKEEPER Missile X was renamed the Peacekeeper by President Reagan on 22 November 1982. It was a four-stage ICBM capable of precisely delivering 10 reentry vehicles to different targets more than 6,000 miles away. It successfully carried out its first flight test on 17 June 1983, when a Peacekeeper that had been cold-launched from a canister at Vandenberg AFB reached its target in the Kwajalein Missile Range. In April 1983, the President accepted the recommendation of the Scowcroft Commission that the Peacekeeper be temporarily based in existing Minuteman silos. The first ten missiles went on alert between 17 October and 22 December 1986, and the basing program achieved full operational capability when the fiftieth missile entered its silo on 20 December 1988. (USAF photo)

VIRIN: 130605-F-IN001-036.JPG
Additional Details

No camera details available.


Read More

This photograph is considered public domain and has been cleared for release. If you would like to republish please give the photographer appropriate credit. Further, any commercial or non-commercial use of this photograph or any other DoD image must be made in compliance with guidance found at, which pertains to intellectual property restrictions (e.g., copyright and trademark, including the use of official emblems, insignia, names and slogans), warnings regarding use of images of identifiable personnel, appearance of endorsement, and related matters.