US conducts war games in Scotland to test missile defence amid growing North Korea threat

Saturday, September 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE US military is set to start a major exercise in Scotland to test Nato’s ability to defend against ballistic missile as the threat of World War 3 continues to grow.

Sat, Sep 16, 2017

As part of a month-long training exercise in the Outer Hebrides, a Dutch warship will be put to the test as it tries to detect and track a missile flying outside the earth’s atmosphere at more than 12,400mph – more than 16 times faster than the speed of sound.

The Dutch frigate, HNLMS De Ruyter, is fitted with a multi-beam acquisition radar that is able to fix on a target from long range.

In a statement, the US navy said: “The purpose of Formidable Shield is to improve allied interoperability in a live-fire integrated air and missile defence environment, using Nato command and control reporting structures.”

The war game will be led by the US navy and include forces from Britain, France, Canada, Germany, Spain and Italy.

The exercise, dubbed Formidable Shield, comes just days after North Korea’s most recent missile test as international tensions continue to grow.

Pyongyang threatened to sink Japan and said the US should be “beaten to death like a rabid dog” after the two countries called for additional UN sanctions in response to the nuclear and missile tests being carried out by the hermit state.

Choe Kang-il, deputy director general for North American affairs at the despotic regimes foreign ministry, said: “You can impose whatever sanctions you want, but no matter how long these sanctions last – whether it is for a hundred or a thousand years – we will keep stepping up efforts and continue with our planned tests.”

Mr Choe justified the missile by saying it was carried out “for the sanctity of our autonomy and nationhood, and to reveal the power of our deterrence.”

The latest launch on Friday saw a furious response from Donald Trump, who called on Russia and China to rein in the North Korean crisis.

The exercise off the coast of northern Scotland will be just the second ever test of Nato’s ballistic missile defence in Europe.

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