Standard Note: Trident and the future of the British Nuclear Deterrent

Last updated: 5 July 2005
Author: Tim Youngs & Claire Taylor
International Affairs and Defence Section


This note summarises the evolution of the British nuclear deterrent since the 1950s and looks at the various components of the Trident system. It then considers the possible options available, such as upgrading the existing system, procuring a direct replacement, or developing a new capability. 

Read the full document here – Attachment: trident_hans_ 050705.pdf.  

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