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Originally posted by Essan
To whom is the nuclear deterrent aimed?
Okay, it may deter France from launching a nuclear attack on us,
Originally posted by zero lift
Apart from anything else, a new Trident replacement will put us even more in the pocket of the US.
To call it an independent UK nuclear missile system is a tad misleading. The submarine is a variant of US design, as are the warheads. The missiles themselves are leased from the US.
Originally posted by justin_barton3 so we own the subs and the warheads, but we lease the missiles themselves?
Britain has always been dependent on the US for supplying ballistic missiles, and this is unlikely to change. Although the French are developing a new submarine-launched missile, the M51, buying it would seem out of the question for political and practical reasons.
The British have a unique arrangement with the US Navy, under which all the Trident D5s for the Vanguard Class submarines are leased from a pool of missiles. The deal appears to have worked without a hitch.