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AICBM
Advanced Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, a planned 1966 successor to the Minuteman. Cancelled in 1967, with the Minuteman also outlasting such competitors as the Peacekeeper and SICBM, to remain in service to the mid-21st Century.

AKA: BGM-75;BQM-75. Status: Cancelled 1967.

Design began in April 1966 as WS-120A. The BGM-75 AICBM was to be a solid-propellant missile designed for use in fixed silo and mobile train configurations. AICBM was not approved for development and cancelled in 1967.


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Family: ICBM. Country: USA.

1966 February 2 - . Launch Vehicle: AICBM.
  • Headquarters USAF established a schedule for preparation of documentation and submission of a Preliminary Technical Development Plan for an Advanced ICBM program. - .

1966 March 25 - . Launch Vehicle: AICBM.
  • Headquarters AFSC authorized the formation of an Advanced ICBM (WS 120A) task group at Headquarters Ballistic Systems Division. - .

1966 April 14 - . Launch Vehicle: AICBM.
  • An AFSC directive authorized establishment of a cadre system program office (SPO) for WS 120A at Ballistic Systems Division headquarters. - .

1966 Jul - . Launch Vehicle: AICBM.
  • Ballistic Systems Division completed the Preliminary Technical Development Plan for the Advanced ICBM (WS 120A). - .

1967 Jan - . Launch Vehicle: AICBM.
  • The completed Advanced ICBM (WS 120A) Alternate Basing Study was submitted to AFSC, Headquarters USAF, and Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Harold Brown. - .

1967 Oct - . LV Family: AICBM, Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 3.
  • Headquarters USAF planners began to move away from the concept of the WS 120A Advanced ICBM missile system and toward the concept of a dual-capable silo for the Minuteman III weapon system. - . Using the basing concept devised for WS 120A, the new approach was to concentrate on the development of a silo that could hold the Minuteman III when it became operational and could later accommodate an advanced ICBM..

1968 Mar - . LV Family: AICBM, Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 3.
  • The Advanced ICBM (WS 120A) Provisional System Program Office (SPO) at Norton was dissolved; most personnel went to the Minuteman SPO as the core cadre for the Hard Rock Silo effort. - .


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