Amid a time when tensions are escalating with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, the British Navy has a new missile that can travel three times the speed of sound.
A new missile capable of destroying enemy bombs at supersonic speed has recently been tested by Britain’s Royal Navy, from a ship off the coast of Scotland, and will be dispatched to Japan next year.
The missile, called the Sea Ceptor, was fired from the HMS Argyll in a recent test, as North Korea threatens missile strikes against America and South Korea.
The new missile is intended to be a part of the protection for all new aircraft carriers, and will be able to deal with multiple targets at one time, protecting an area of around 500 square miles over land or sea.
Harriett Baldwin, minister for defense procurement, said, “Sea Ceptor will protect our interests against threats both known and unknown. It will launch from the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigates as they keep our nuclear deterrent submarines and the UK’s two new aircraft carriers safe on operations around the globe.”
Additional firing tests will be conducted from the HMS Argyll before the ship deploys to Japan next year.
Last weekend, North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb that actually created a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Nuclear weapons specialists say it was about 10 times more powerful than any of the previous nuclear bombs North Korea had tested, and could be the a 100 kiloton H-bomb, which would dwarf the power of the US bombs dropped on Japan in 1945.
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