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Trident I (C-4)
SUBMARINE-LAUNCHED MISSILES Fleet   ballistic   missile   submarines   (SSBNs) carry the missiles the United States uses to ensure it has a second-strike capability in case of nuclear war.  As  discussed  in  chapter  11,  SSBNs  makeup one leg of the TRIAD. These submarines carry the Trident (C-4 and D-5) missiles. Some of  the  older submarines carry the Poseidon (C-3) missiles. Submarines  are  also  capable  of  launching  the Harpoon and Tomahawk cruise missiles discussed previously in this chapter. TRIDENT II (D-5) The  Trident  II  (D-5)  (fig.  20-5)  is  the  sixth- generation   member   of   the   U.S.   Navy’s   Fleet Ballistic  Missile  Program  that  started  in  1956. Since   then,   the   Polaris   (A-1,   A-2,   and   A-3), Poseidon (C-3), and Trident I (C-4) have served as a significant deterrent to nuclear aggression. The Trident II is a three-stage, solid-propellant, inertially  guided  ballistic  missile  with  a  range  of more   than   4,000   nautical   miles   (4,600   statute miles). A considerable increase in payload  .  .  was incorporated    into    the    Trident    II.    This    was 134.55 Figure 20-5.—Trident 11 (D-5) missile. 20-7

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