(On-site photo of Trident missile test firing on September 4)
[Global Network Military Reporting Internship Reporter Li Liang] According to the Defense Blog website on September 8, the U.S. Navy recently conducted a test of the Trident II-D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off the coast of Southern California. None of the four missiles carried nuclear warheads and were launched by the Ohio-class strategic nuclear submarine, Nebraska (SSBN-739). The first two tests took place on September 4 and the second on September 6. All four tests were conducted before sunrise.
According to reports, the test marked the 176th successful test launch of the Trident II-D5 missile. As part of the Commander Assessment Test (CET), the main objective of the test is to verify the performance expectation of the Trident II-D5 missile after the life extension upgrade. Commander Assessment Tests and other test launches are conducted regularly to assess and ensure the sustained reliability and accuracy of the missile system. The U.S. military said the missile test was not conducted in response to any ongoing events in the world.
It is reported that the original design life of Trident II-D5 missile is serviceable until 2024. In recent years, the U.S. military has extended its service life to 2040. The upgraded Trident II-D5 missile will not only be equipped on the US Ohio and British avant-garde strategic nuclear submarines, but also become the initial strategic weapons on the US Columbia and British fearless strategic nuclear submarines in the future.
Johnny Wolf, a senior U.S. Navy officer, said that since the 1960s, U.S. maritime deterrence has been an important component of national security. This weeks test is to continue to demonstrate the reliability of the U.S. missile after its life extension upgrade. The life extension upgrading project solves the potential problems of aging and obsolescence. The extended missile is currently deployed to the submarine force, but the work has not yet been completed. Wolf also said that nuclear deterrence is the top priority of the U.S. Department of Defense. For the U.S. Navy, this means not only maintaining existing capabilities, but also developing the next generation of Trident missiles and shipborne strategic weapons systems to ensure that the U.S. military has reliable sea-based nuclear deterrence over the next 40 years and in the future. Quantity. Wolf believes that reliable and effective nuclear deterrence is essential to the national security of the United States and the security of its allies. Nuclear deterrence remains the cornerstone of the United Statesnational security policy in the 21st century.
It is reported that the submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is an important part of the Trinity of the US strategic nuclear deterrence. The other two parts include the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) of the US Air Force and the strategic bomber with nuclear warheads. Each part of the Trinity has its own unique functions and advantages. Submarine-launched ballistic missiles account for about 70% of the strategic nuclear deterrent deployed by the United States. They are also considered to be the most viable and sustainable nuclear deterrent.
Source: Global Network Responsible Editor: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026