Washington, Sep 7 The U.S. military has tested four nuclear-capable missiles Trident II D5 in the past three days, after Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed at the Eastern Economic Forum that he had offered to sell advanced weapons to his counterpart Donald Trump in Washington.
Two tests were conducted by USS Nebraska on Wednesday and Friday respectively off the coast of Southern California, the statement said, adding all tests occurred before sunrise
In a press release, the U.S. Navy said Friday it “conducted four scheduled missile test flights” of the Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missiles using Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska off the coast of San Diego, California. Two launches occurred Wednesday and two more on Friday, but they “were not conducted in response to any ongoing world events,” according to the statement.
The primary goal of the tests were “to validate performance expectations of the life-extended Trident II strategic weapon system,” the statement said.
The Trident II strategic weapon system, originally designed with a life span to 2024, recently underwent a life extension that will keep it operational through the late 2040s.
Putin told a plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum that he had informed President Donald Trump back in June that he could buy some of Moscow’s state-of-the-art weapons, including nuclear-capable and hypersonic missiles in order to “balance everything out” between the military competitors.
The life-extended missiles will serve for the remaining service life of the US Ohio-class and UK Vanguard-class ballistic missile submarines, and as the initial loadout for the US Columbia-class and UK Dreadnought-class ballistic missile submarines.
The USS Nebraska is an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine.