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Contents

SIPRI Yearbook 2015

SIPRI Yearbook 2015

III. British nuclear forces

Chapter:
11. World nuclear forces
Source:
SIPRI Yearbook 2015
Author(s):
Shannon N. Kile, Hans M. Kristensen, Phillip Patton Schell, Alexander Glaser, Zia Mian

The United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent consists exclusively of a sea-based component: Vanguard class Trident nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) armed with the UGM-133 Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) and associated warheads, and their support infrastructure. The UK possesses an arsenal of about 150 operational nuclear warheads that are available for use by a fleet of four Trident SSBNs stationed at the Faslane Naval Base in western Scotland (see table 11.4). The UK does not own the missiles, but leases them from a pool of 58 Trident SLBMs shared with the United States Navy. The UK has joined a US programme to extend the service life of the Trident II D5 missile from 2028 until 2042.

Citation (MLA):
Kile, Shannon N., Hans M. Kristensen, Phillip Patton Schell, Alexander Glaser, and Zia Mian. "11. World nuclear forces." SIPRI Yearbook. SIPRI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. Web. 20 Sep. 2019. <https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198737810/sipri-9780198737810-chapter-11-div1-4.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Kile, S., Kristensen, H., Patton Schell, P., Glaser, A., & Mian, Z. (2016). 11. World nuclear forces. In SIPRI, SIPRI Yearbook 2015: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 20 Sep. 2019, from https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198737810/sipri-9780198737810-chapter-11-div1-4.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Kile, Shannon N., Hans M. Kristensen, Phillip Patton Schell, Alexander Glaser, and Zia Mian. "11. World nuclear forces." In SIPRI Yearbook 2015: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security, SIPRI. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). Retrieved 20 Sep. 2019, from https://www.sipriyearbook.org/view/9780198737810/sipri-9780198737810-chapter-11-div1-4.xml
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