Two Trident II D5LE ballistic missiles have just been fired as part of the successful DASO-31 operation. This one aims to prove, evaluate and demonstrate the readiness of the crew and ballistic missile-powered submarines (SSBNs) after the refueling and submarine upgrade process.
The test involving two Trident II D5LE ballistic missiles was successfully completed
The aforementioned Trident II D5LE ballistic missiles have recently undergone modernization aimed at extending their service life. They are now being deployed in the fleet and will serve the remaining service life of the U.S. Ohio-class and British Vanguard-class SSBNs, as well as initial equipment for the Columbia-class and British Dreadnought-class ships.
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The Trident II D5LE ballistic missiles taking part in the test were not armed and the action itself was not intended to react to any movements in the world, and even less was it not an open show of US forces. The take-offs were carried out from the sea, the area of which the missiles did not leave, finally landing in the depths of the sea.
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This routine test was planned years in advance, and no wonder, as it aims to show that part of the US Air Force’s nuclear deterrent triad is operational and reliable. Especially since in the case of the USA, the hidden nuclear ballistic missiles on board submarines constitute about 70% of the entire triad of the country.