1983: SecDef instructed USAF to deploy 100 Peacekeepers
Under plans prepared by Strategic Air Command, 50 Minuteman IIIs assigned to the 400th Strategic Missile Squadron, 90th Strategic Missile Wing, F. E. Warren AFB, Wyoming, were be removed and replaced with Peacekeeper missiles, which had an estimated service life of twenty years


By MSgt William Medema
Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2005

  
1983: SecDef instructed USAF to deploy 100 Peacekeepers
Peacekeeper (MX) ICBM


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The Secretary of Defense instructed the Air Force to deploy 100 Peacekeepers in Minuteman silos. Under plans prepared by Strategic Air Command, 50 Minuteman IIIs assigned to the 400th Strategic Missile Squadron, 90th Strategic Missile Wing, F. E. Warren AFB, Wyoming, were be removed and replaced with Peacekeeper missiles, which had an estimated service life of twenty years. Peacekeeper deployment was scheduled to begin in January 1986 and initial operational capability was set for December of the same year. The second increment of 50 missiles would replace Minuteman IIIs belonging to the 319th Strategic Missile Squadron at F.E. Warren. The expected completion date of the deployment was December 1989.


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