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00. AIR / AFGSC / ICBM 341 field ☢

Last modified: 07 Jun 2022
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Country: United States    Region: Montana

Locale: Armington

Latitude: 47° 16' 54" N     Longitude: -111° 11' 56" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE

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AFGSC / 341 Missile WIng / 10, 12 and 490 Missile Squadrons (MS) General info:
This field was activated 1961 as an ICBM squadron assigned to 341 Missile Wing at Malmstrom airbase initially with 50x LGM-30A Minuteman I's as SAC's first operational Minuteman ICBM squadron. It upgraded to Minuteman IB in 1964 ; to Minuteman IIF in 1967 ; received control of LGM-30G Minuteman III silos from the inactivating 321st Strategic Missile Wing at Grand Forks airbase (ND) in 1996 and it is subsequently operational ever since.

"Antique Equipment" issues:
The old launchsystem dates back to the 1960's and crews often complained about that. In reaction AFGSC completed an analysis of its ground-based systems to find improvements for the existing system and to implement a follow-on system, Resulting in the Ground-based Strategic Deterrent Approach (a complete overhaul of the ICBM systems comprising new ground control stations, C2 systems and a replaced flight system, with new missiles). The existing nuclear warheads however are still remaining.

Upgrading:
Boeings maintenance contract for the aging Minuteman III and its launch and guidance systems expired in 2021. A new contract followed worth $466.5 million to maintain and replace guidance systems for the aging Minuteman III's. DoD expects to spend $62.3 billion over 30 years on 642 missiles, 400 of which would be operationally deployed. Ted Kenzie (director strategic missile and defense systems for Boeing) stated the overall goal of initial operating capability by 2027.

Locations:
The 341 field Missile Alert Facilities (MAF's) are numbered A-E flights, each controlling 10 missiles in the area.
They are located as below at grid:
4716′54″N 11048′03″W (#A1) 4717′07″N 11021′36″W (#B1) 4705′44″N 11009′47″W (#C1)
4722′34″N 10948′52″W (#D1) 4727′13″N 10925′03W (#E1)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e4/MAF-D-01-44th_Missile_Wing.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/LCC-D-09-44th_Missile_Wing.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/LF-D-09-44th_Missile_Wing.jpg

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