Pictures: HMS Montrose test-fires missile

THESE dramatic pictures show the moment a British warship launches a missile at 800 miles-per-hour.

The missile is launched from the HMS Montrose. Picture: PA/ MoD

The HMS Montrose is pictured test-firing a Harpoon class missile, capable of hitting and destroying a target up to 80 miles (128km) away.

The pictures show the dramatic trail left by the 15ft (4.6m) missile, which travels at just under the speed of sound before impact.

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The test, conducted just off the east coast, resulted in the target barge being completely destroyed.

Picture: PA/ MoD

The Montrose, based in Plymouth, first set sail in 1992.

Pictures: PA/ MoD