Trident are aging? When did that happen?
I must have missed this public debacle.
Wait. Do you have any idea what our present nuclear deterent consists of?
There’s no such thing as a Trident submarine.
Trident is the missle. It’s an American made missile (if it’s good enough for them over-spenders it’s sure going to be good enough for me 8)). It comes with lots of warheads. These missiles are put into subs.
and more authoratively:
navy.mil/navydata/fact_displ … =1400&ct=2
The UK SSBN (Sub-Surface Balistic Nuclear - it’s what they call nuke launching subs) Are all of Vanguard class.
Frankly I cannot POSSIBLY imagine why they would be discussing replacing these subs as the oldest one is only 13 years old (nothing when it comes to military vessels).
Info about the Vanguard class here:
We have 4 (that’s right, just four) SSBN’s in this country. I think every other real world power has more nuclear ability than us.
The number $20 bil could only really be in reference to the subs, as I can’t imagine the nukes themselves costing anything like that (the newest missiles are only about $31mil each (exculding warheads)).