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TRIDENT
BRITAIN'S WEAPON
OF MASS DESTRUCTION

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Executive Summary

1. Deterrence and the risk of nuclear war

1.1 Deterrence
1.2 Risk of nuclear war

2. Status of Trident

2.1 Trident submarines, missiles and warheads
2.2 Comparison with nuclear submarine force levels during the Cold War

3. Targeting of British nuclear weapons

3.1 Targeting a large number of cities
3.2 Moscow criterion
3.3 Strategic targeting of Trident today
3.4 Alert status

4. Effect of the use of Trident against the Moscow area

4.1 Effect of an attack on 16 command bunkers using 48 warheads
4.2 Effect of one of these warheads

5. Other examples of the effect of Trident

5.1 Effect of an attack on Russian Northern Fleet bases with 1 missile / 4 warheads
5.2 Sub-strategic Trident
5.3 British nuclear weapons and NATO
5.4 Effect of an attack using 3 submarines and 144 Trident warheads

6. Legal implications

Illustrations

Map 1 - Effect of an attack on 16 bunkers in and around Moscow using 48 Trident warheads - 3 warheads groundburst against each bunker. (GIF 68 kb colour)
Map 2 - Effect of one Trident warhead exploding at the Defence Ministry in Moscow - groundburst. (GIF 75 kb colour)
Map 3 - Effect of an attack with one Trident missile against Russian submarine bases - with 4 nuclear warheads airburst (GIF 44 kb)
Chart 1 - Graph showing total number of warheads deployed on submarines based at Faslane (GIF 4 kb)
Chart 2 - Drawing showing the immediate effects and fallout from the detonation of one Trident warhead at the Defence Ministry in Moscow (GIF 6 kb)
Chart 3 - Graph showing the immediate effects of one 100 kiloton nuclear warhead - groundburst (GIF 9 kb)
Chart 4 - Graph showing the fallout from one 100 kiloton nuclear warhead - groundburst (GIF 9kb)

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