Royal Navy tests new missile defense system on Japan-bound ship amid rising nuclear tensions with North Korea

September 5, 2017


The Royal Navy has been testing its new air missile defence system on a boat headed for Japan as tensions with North Korea continue to escalate.

Images and footage show the Sea Ceptor missiles being fired from HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate, off the coast of Scotland.

The tests have been carried out after Kim Jong-un recently test-fired two Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), in addition to the purported hydrogen bomb test which caused a major earthquake at the weekend.

The missile has an estimated range of more than 10,000 km (6,210 miles), putting London within striking distance and New York and Washington nearly within reach.

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