The launch didn’t go unnoticed in Florida after the public noticed a ‘comet like’ streak in the sky.
It is unknown which navy launched the missile, the US Navy or the Royal Navy.
A Trident II SLBM has been tested off the coast of Florida
— Intel Air & Sea (@air_intel) February 10, 2021
The missile followed a similar path to the ill-fated Royal Navy launch some years ago.
Range ~8400 km. This is less than usual, but close to (~500 km short of) the infamous failed British Trident-II test of June 2016.@nukestrat @wslafoy @mhanham @ArmsControlWonk pic.twitter.com/MS7lSNLs24
— Dr Marco Langbroek 💉 #Vaccinate (@Marco_Langbroek) February 8, 2021
The Trident missile is a submarine-launched ballistic missile equipped with multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles.
Originally developed by Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation, the missile is armed with thermonuclear warheads and is launched from nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.
The missiles are carried by fourteen US Navy Ohio-class submarines, with US warheads, and four Royal Navy Vanguard-class submarines, with British warheads.