This is the 184th flight test of Trident missile
This was the 184th successful test of the Trident II (D5 and D5LE) submarine-launched ballistic missile that took place on Friday. Earlier in February 2021, the last test of the Trident II (D5LE) nuclear missile was conducted off the coast of Florida. Vice Admiral Johnny R., director of the US Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs. Wolff said today’s test demonstrates the unmatched reliability of our ocean-based nuclear deterrent. He also said that this goal has been made possible only through a dedicated team comprising of military, civil and defense industries. He explained that the same team is now developing the next generation of the Trident Strategic Weapon System. Which will take our Sea Based Strategic Deterrent to new heights by 2084. The Navy has said that the obsolete Trident II missiles have recently been overhauled. After which these missiles are now ready for deployment in the UK Vanguard-class, US Columbia-class as well as the Dreadnought-class fleet.
Trident missile can strike up to 1200 km
The US has a fleet of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, which carry about half of America’s active strategic thermo-nuclear warheads. Each submarine carries 24 Trident missiles, each with eight nuclear warheads. This means that one Trident missile can launch nuclear strikes on eight different targets after launch. The UGM-133 Trident II missile is manufactured by Lockheed Martin Space. These nuclear missiles have been deployed in the US and British navies since 1990. Actually, America has shared the technology of its nuclear submarines with Britain. In such a situation, the same nuclear missile is deployed on British submarines. In 2019, the cost of a Trident missile was estimated at Rs 2277175500. This missile, 44 feet long and 6 feet in diameter, is powered by a solit fuel rocket motor. Flying at a speed of 29020 kmph, this missile can strike a distance of up to 12000 km.
Ohio class submarines are ocean of missiles
In addition to 154 Tomahawks, anti-ship missiles are also deployed in each Ohio class submarine. Carl Schuster, a former US Navy captain and current defense specialist, said the Ohio class submarine could fire all its missiles in a very short time. These missiles are capable of destroying a large area in the blink of an eye. These missiles give the US Navy an edge at sea, as no country can afford to ignore 154 missiles at once. The world saw the firepower of the Ohio class submarines in 2011, when the USS Florida launched about 100 Tomahawk missiles against targets in Libya during Operation Odyssey Dawn. This was the first time in US history that a nuclear-powered submarine had hit a target.
How Dangerous Are Ohio Class Submarines?
The nuclear-powered guided missile submarine USS Ohio is one of the world’s top weapons in terms of both size and strike. According to Siddharth Kaushal, an expert at the Royal United Services Institute in London, America’s Ohio class submarine can penetrate deep into enemy territory and attack with troops and missiles. USS Ohio class submarines include USS Ohio, USS Michigan, USS Florida and USS Georgia. All these submarines are equipped with lethal anti-ship missiles and also have the most advanced technology to defend against enemy submarines. Nuclear missiles were also installed earlier in this submarine, but later they have been replaced by other intercontinental ballistic missiles. A nuclear reactor has been installed to power Ohio, which provides power for two of its turbines.
These submarines can remain hidden for a long time
Marines stationed in the Ohio class submarine can disappear under water for several months if they do not take food items. It is fitted with its own oxygen generators, which generate oxygen for the marines stationed on the submarine. Apart from this, due to the presence of nuclear reactors, they have an unbroken store of energy. Whereas conventional submarines have a diesel electric engine. They have to come to the surface again and again to get diesel for this and for repair work. If a submarine is hidden under water, it is a very difficult task to find it. But, if that submarine appears on the surface even once for some work, then it becomes easy for the enemy to detect and chase it.
Ohio class submarines armed with 154 Tomahawk missiles
Being large in size, the USS Ohio carries 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles. This capability is twice that of the missiles deployed in the US Guided Missile Destroyer. Each Tomahawk missile is capable of carrying up to 1000 kg of highly explosive warheads. This missile, deployed in the US Army since 1983, has shown its strength in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. Tomahawk Block-2 missile can hit up to 2500 km. This missile is 5.5 meters long without booster and 6.5 meters with booster. At present, this missile is deployed in the Royal Navy of America and Britain. Taiwan has also signed an agreement with America for the purchase of this missile.