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Unarmed Trident II in new test flight

12th September 2019 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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US Navy submarine USS Nebraska has carried out flight testing of unarmed Trident II (D5) missiles.

The firings were carried out from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine off the coast of Southern California between 4-6 September.

The testing was part of a Commander Evaluation Test (CET) to validate performance expectations of the life-extended Trident II (D5) strategic weapon system.

The Trident II (D5) has now carried out 176 successful flights. CETs and other flight tests are conducted on a recurring, scheduled basis to evaluate and ensure the continued reliability and accuracy of the system.

The Trident II (D5) strategic weapon system, originally designed with a life span to 2024, recently underwent a life extension to address potential ageing and obsolescence issues and keep it operational through the late 2040s.

The life-extended missiles will serve for the remaining service life of US Ohio-class and UK Vanguard-class SSBNs, and as the initial loadout for the US Columbia-class and UK Dreadnought-class SSBNs.

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