American officers serving at the command posts of the Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) “Minuteman-3”, in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, were transferred to a state of emergency, according to the US air force.
According to them, the us air force personnel who serve ICBM launchers are divided into teams of “blue” and “silver”, which are completely isolated from each other. Instead of the usual three-to four-hour shift, each team is now on duty at the CP for 14 hours to reduce the likelihood of the coronavirus spreading.
Us Strategic forces command assumes that in a state of emergency, service in this mode will have to continue for a year or more. However, it is possible that up to 25% of the personnel will be infected with COVID-19.
At the same time, he noted that the restoration of the normal activity of the US air force will be possible after receiving the coronavirus vaccine.
“All forecasts say that the vaccine will not be available for more than a year. This means that we must improve our ability to survive, act and perform the tasks that the country needs, and we must complete the missions that we have slowed down so that we can return to some kind of new normality in an abnormal world,” he said.
The United States currently has 400 Minuteman-3 Intercontinental missiles, each capable of carrying up to three nuclear warheads. These ICBMs are on active duty in mine launchers in positional areas near Mulstrom air force base in Montana as part of the 341st missile wing, Warren in Wyoming as part of the 90th missile wing, and Minot in North Dakota as part of the 91st missile wing.