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Jan 29 17 7:20 AM
I believe even if the missile went off course, the MIRV warheads (if they were part of the exercise) would not have been. With the MIRVs in the missile, a Trident SLBM going of course in a real secnario (God forbid) would not have mattered as the MIRVs themselves would be headded for different targets. The missile going co course would not extensively damage any target; the MIRVs will. wrote:A single Trident failure during a test/qualification is not indicative of much, especially considering certain factors...1. Trident failures have been few compared with the failures of other modern SLBMs, most notably the Russian Bulava, but even the French M5 compares poorly. Couple this with the number of firings of Trident in comparison to the others.....161 to 24 ( Bulava) and 5 M5.......speaks for itself.
2. this failure could have happend to a USN SSBN instead, after all the missiles are held in a common pool, the missiles not being held specifically for the RN or USN, such that a missile body that did a deployment on a USN SSBN might well after spending time in the refurbishment pool end up on a RN SSBN.....
3. This failure considering the above factors means it is if anything a good thing. The reasons for it will be learnt and any fixes necessary applied to the common pool of missiles. Such that this specific type of failure may never happen again for either the USN or RN.
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