U.S. Navy Successfully Test Launches Trident Missiles

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Sept. 25, 2013, 8:02 a.m.

The U.S. Navy earli­er this month car­ried out four suc­cess­ful test launches of un­armed Tri­dent 2 D-5 bal­list­ic mis­siles, weapons maker Lock­heed Mar­tin an­nounced in a Tues­day press re­lease that touts the SLBMs’ suc­cess­ful launch track re­cord.

The user tri­als were car­ried out on Sept. 10 and 12 in the At­lantic Ocean by an un­der­wa­ter Ohio-class sub­mar­ine in ac­cord­ance with De­fense De­part­ment or­ders for con­firm­ing a re­li­able sea-based nuc­le­ar de­terrent.

This month’s test fir­ings bring to 148 the num­ber of times the D-5 sub­mar­ine-launched bal­list­ic mis­sile suc­cess­fully has been tested since 1989, a re­li­ab­il­ity re­cord Lock­heed says is bet­ter than that of all oth­er heavy bal­list­ic mis­siles.

The United States as of the be­gin­ning of March pos­sessed 232 de­ployed Tri­dent mis­siles and 176 of the non-de­ployed SLBMs, ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent fig­ures provided by the State De­part­ment. The Tri­dent mis­sile is an es­sen­tial com­pon­ent of the coun­try’s nav­al nuc­le­ar ar­sen­al.

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