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Test with British Trident missile fails for the second time in a row

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A test of a Trident 2 missile fired from a British Navy submarine has failed. British media reports this. This is the second time in a row that such a test has failed with the missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads, the ‘last resort’ of weapons.

It is the submarine HMS Vanguard that carried out the test, off the east coast of the United States. The Sun, which first reported the failed test on Monday evening, writes that the booster rockets failed to function, causing the Trident 2 to fall into the ocean and sink. “She left the submarine but just went ‘pop’ right next to them,” an anonymous source told the newspaper. The submarine itself was not hit.

The previous test dates from 2016. It is rare for the United Kingdom to conduct such a test: one missile costs more than 17 million pounds (almost 20 million euros).

British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps was on board the nuclear submarine during the test, a Defense spokesperson confirmed. Details about the failure were not disclosed “for reasons of national security”. The MoD says an “anomaly” occurred during the test, which took place on January 30, but it assured the UK’s nuclear deterrent remains “effective”. However, the British Labor opposition is demanding more guarantees from the minister in parliament after the “worrying” reports.

The HMS Vanguard is one of the United Kingdom’s four so-called Vanguard nuclear submarines, which first began patrolling in 1994. There is one submarine at sea at all times. They carry the US Trident 2 D5 missiles, the mainstay of Britain’s nuclear deterrent. A Trident missile can reach targets more than 6,000 kilometers away. At cruising speed they fly at more than 20,000 kilometers per hour, the Royal Navy says.

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