“It doesn’t work” – the doleful cry of many a child as batteries fail or new toys malfunction.
The UK’s nuclear trigger: who would want to pull it?
The world’s nastiest and most expensive gadget – avoided by most countries, is increasingly seen as a liability.
An article in the Sunday Times reports that documents published by the United States defence department show that more than £1.4bn has been spent repairing faults and modernising the guidance system of the ageing missiles.
Though a news blackout was imposed when a test from a Royal Navy submarine failed in June last year and one of the missiles malfunctioned and veered off course, information is emerging from America’s far less secretive regime, which has been enhanced by the 2016 Open Government initiative.
Media reports in America quoted defence sources suggesting that the Trident was destroyed with a controlled midair explosion off the Florida coast.
It is said that the Trident nuclear deterrent had problems with its navigation controls for years: “The Trident II D5 — which is manufactured and maintained in America — has had consistent problems with its gyro guidance system. It appears that this has been caused by a chemical reaction within its components caused by ageing since Trident II was first deployed 27 years ago”.
Meanwhile BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce hope to be awarded the £41bn Trident submarine contract and BAE is to help Turkey build 250 fighter jets – to what end?.
BAE has also started work in Barrow on the first of four new Dreadnought submarines, which will be powered by Rolls-Royce nuclear reactors. The project will be run by a new £500,000-a-year chief executive and overseen by a civil servant (£200,000-a-year appointment) being recruited by the MoD to run a new, arm’s-length, submarine delivery body.
Now thrive the armourers . . . as hospital trolleys are occupied for longer periods and evictions continue to rise