British Trident II nuclear missile crashed immediately after launch


The British Navy conducted an unsuccessful launch of a Trident II intercontinental ballistic missile from the nuclear submarine HMS Vanguard. The missile was supposed to fly about 6 thousand kilometers before falling into the sea between Brazil and West Africa, but crashed next to the submarine, the Sun reports.

The publication notes that the failed launch was observed by the head of the British Ministry of Defense, Grant Shapps, who was on the submarine.

The Trident missile misfired abruptly and fell into the ocean a few meters from the British nuclear submarine from which it was launched

– notes Sun.

The incident occurred during a training exercise on January 30 off the coast of Florida. Later, an investigation into the circumstances of the incident began. Britain is now conducting a search operation to retrieve the missile from the seabed. The British Ministry of Defense explained the unsuccessful launch as “an anomaly that occurred.” They did not give details, citing “national security reasons.” At the same time, in Britain they believe that everything else was fine.

HMS Vanguard and her crew have proven fully prepared to operate the UK's enduring maritime deterrent by passing all tests during recent test launches confirming the submarine can return to service after thorough maintenance. The test confirmed the effectiveness of the British nuclear deterrent, in which we have every confidence

– emphasized in the statement of the British Ministry of Defense.

This was the second test for the Trident 2 rocket since 2016. Then she also flew not far away. The rocket was supposed to fly 9 thousand kilometers from the coast of Florida to a target southeast of Ascension Island, but deviated dangerously from its course and automatically self-destructed.
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  1. +5
    21 February 2024 11: 12
    It's a pity that she didn't fall straight onto the submarine.
    1. +2
      21 February 2024 12: 17
      It's a pity that she didn't fall straight onto the submarine.

      - Exactly the same thought appeared.

      The test confirmed the effectiveness of Britain's nuclear deterrent

      - very well!
    2. +2
      21 February 2024 16: 29
      Quote: Earl
      It's a pity that she didn't fall straight onto the submarine.

      It’s better to go straight to the street 10 downs. laughing lol
  2. 0
    22 February 2024 09: 59
    that’s what they needed, they wanted to demonstrate their “power”, but it turned out not to be power...
  3. 0
    22 February 2024 16: 04
    A flaw in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service; it had to be charged for detonation during launch. (dreaming is not harmful).