The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is under pressure to from parliamentarians to explain the failure of a Trident missile test.
What is a trident missile again?
The Trident missile is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
The missile or nuclear bomb is equipped with multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV).
A single Trident missile has the capacity to obliterate some nations in a matter of seconds.
Well, the Brits said they mistakenly fired one – towards the United States of America!
Labor and the Scottish National party said the prime minister must explain herself after it emerged that an unarmed missile malfunctioned.
The malfunction happened during a rare test from submarines.
British MPs have demanded that Mrs. May should appear before MPs at the earliest opportunity to explain the mistake.
While expressing “absolute faith” in Trident, she refused to go into any details about the incident.
May says the details of the test could not be explained for “obvious national security reasons”.
“There are tests that take place all the time, regularly, for our nuclear deterrents.
“What we were talking about in that debate that took place was about the future,” May said.
Details of the incident were revealed by the Sunday Times, which said Downing Street knew about the error.
It reported that an unarmed Trident II D5 missile – which can evaporate millions when armed with nuclear warheads – malfunctioned when launched from a British submarine, HMS Vanguard, off the coast of Florida last year.
It may have veered back towards the US rather than heading in the direction of west Africa.
Tests are rare as the missiles each cost about £17m.
When trials have been carried out in the past they have been publicized, in some cases with accompanying video footage.
But this is the first time last year’s exercise has been reported.
After May became prime minister, MPs voted overwhelmingly to spend up to £40bn on replacing Britain’s Trident program.