Trident: The debate

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What should the UK do with its Trident submarines? Is there still a role for the nuclear deterrent? Can we afford it? A distinguished panel of experts debates these issues, with an impartial ‘judge’ overseeing proceedings.

Trident is the UK’s sea-based nuclear deterrent, a ballistic missile with a range of 7,500 km which can be launched from four Vanguard submarines, one of which is always on patrol, with 16 missiles aboard. It was introduced in 1994 to replace Polaris and is due for replacement in 2024.


Professor Michael Clarke
Director, The Royal United Services Institute
Former Lord Justice-Clerk, Former Lord President and Lord Justice General

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