U.S. airbase mistook Bulava training launches for a real attack

U.S. airbase mistook Bulava training launches for a real attack

The key airbase of the US troops in Germany “Ramstein” mistakenly triggered an alert after the launch of Russian missiles “Bulava” from the submarine “Vladimir Monomakh” on December 12.

Incorrect data came from U.S. reconnaissance satellites. All personnel of the military base received automatic notifications, and a warning of a missile attack sounded through loudspeakers on the territory of the base. Minutes later, the command found out that there was in fact no nuclear threat, and the alarm went off.

The base management was able to verify that the situation was safe before any action was taken. The military reportedly acted according to existing guidelines.

Last week, the Russian Armed Forces’ training exercise involved the so-called strategic triad: nuclear submarines, strategic bombers and the Yars mobile ground-based missile system.

Video of the launch from the Vladimir Monomakh was made public on December 12. The Yars launch was shown on video three days earlier, on December 9.