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"Threat from Russia and China": Britain intends to increase its nuclear arsenal

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"Threat from Russia and China": Britain intends to increase its nuclear arsenal

Britain intends to increase its nuclear arsenal by increasing the number of warheads by 40%. This is reported by The Guardian with reference to the report, which will be delivered on Tuesday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


According to the newspaper, for the first time since the end of the Cold War, London intends not to disarm, but to build up its weapons, including a nuclear arsenal. The reason for this is the threat from Russia and China. This is stated in the UK Defense and Foreign Policy Review, which was being prepared throughout 2020.

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, Great Britain intends not to disarm, but, on the contrary, to build up its nuclear potential

- the newspaper quotes an excerpt from the report.

It is noted that since the beginning of the 90s of the last century, London has been pursuing a course to reduce the number of deployed and non-deployed nuclear warheads. In 2010, Britain had 225 nuclear warheads in its arsenal; by the mid-2020s, their number should have been reduced to 180. Now London intends to increase the number of nuclear warheads to 260.

In total, the British government intends to spend 10 billion dollars over 113,73 years on modernizing the army. In addition to the nuclear component, the fleet of armored vehicles will be updated, drones will be purchased, and funds will be invested in the development of a 6th generation fighter. In order to save money, London, with a high probability, will refuse to purchase part of the American F-35 fighters.
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  1. Insurgent
    Insurgent 16 March 2021 08: 00
    +11
    "Threat from Russia and China": Britain intends to increase its nuclear arsenal

    What if, literally everyone a resident of the Middle Kingdom decides that the UK is a threat to the PRC?
    1. Machito
      Machito 16 March 2021 08: 29
      +9
      Russia and China threaten Great Britain. They can't eat straight, as they threaten. Actually, we have no common border with Great Britain. The Russian Federation does not have a fleet to threaten the island state. The Chinese navy is on the other side of the world from Great Britain, which is sending its warships to the shores of China and Russia. In fact, it is Britain that threatens Russia and China.
      We will definitely bang, but then ... (C)
      1. Alexander 3
        Alexander 3 16 March 2021 08: 58
        +5
        “Of course, Russia has such a small territory and we have so few resources that we sleep and dream of how to seize this island.” How is marasmus transmitted, in what way?
        1. Lionnvrsk
          Lionnvrsk 16 March 2021 11: 56
          +1
          Quote: Alexander 3
          "Insanity is a disease, how is it transmitted, in what way?

          This is not insanity, these are the consequences of the coronavirus. They thought that they would not be enough on their island. But now we have been ill:
          "Stanislav Otstavnoy, deputy head of the laboratory for analyzing population health indicators at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, claims that coronavirus can cause mental disorders by affecting the central nervous system. In severe viral infections, hallucinations, delirium, and other changes in perception are possible. With prolonged illness, severe damage to the central nervous system is observed ... ...
          The most common manifestations of damage to the central nervous system are:
          meningitis;
          encephalitis;
          epileptic seizures;
          anxious, obsessive states;
          hallucinations;
          delusional states. "
          yes
    2. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 16 March 2021 09: 22
      +2
      Quote: Insurgent
      "Threat from Russia and China": Britain intends to increase its nuclear arsenal

      And what if literally every resident of the Middle Kingdom decides that Great Britain is a threat to the PRC?

      The only question is for the Britons, but do the Chinese know where this Britain is? and a question to the Britons, do they know that I am more than 8000 km to China. as well as from Moscow to London 2500 km. ?
      But in any case, the "hawks" from the British military-industrial complex will get a good jackpot.
  2. Flooding
    Flooding 16 March 2021 08: 01
    +4
    This is how the Newbie affects British organisms. And you say a chemical warfare agent.
    It smells like magic of the highest order.
    1. Mountain shooter
      Mountain shooter 16 March 2021 08: 08
      +2
      Quote: Flood
      It smells like magic of the highest order

      Magic, magic ... thermonuclear warheads are just dangerous toys for gentlemen ... They would not be played, as in vain ... In Europe, rattling nuclear weapons is futile. And already on the island ... The answer will arrive - the islands will remain completely deserted ...
      1. Egoza
        Egoza 16 March 2021 08: 21
        +6
        Quote: Mountain Shooter
        An answer will arrive - the islands will remain completely deserted ...

        And what? Will the islands remain? Then we will move the skakuas there, and finally they will be in Geyrope!
        1. Insurgent
          Insurgent 16 March 2021 08: 28
          +4
          Quote: Egoza
          And what? Will the islands remain? Then we will move the skakuas there, and finally they will be in Geyrope!


          Desert Island Masks (all episodes)

      2. tihonmarine
        tihonmarine 16 March 2021 09: 25
        +1
        Quote: Mountain Shooter
        Magic, magic ... thermonuclear warheads are just dangerous toys for gentlemen ..

        And how many of the 113 billion dollars can end up in the pockets of the sponsors of this project.
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 16 March 2021 08: 02
    +4
    In order to save money, London, with a high probability, will refuse to purchase part of the American F-35 fighters.

    Shaw is that so? Not in an arc "invisible" fell?
    1. hydrox
      hydrox 16 March 2021 08: 42
      +3
      Quote: rocket757
      Shaw is that so? Not in an arc "invisible" fell?

      Not, most likely, because striped speculators have the price of 1 YaBZ = the price of one F-35, but I do not think that our price would be very different from the American one, perhaps a little lower, although now we are producing Pu 238 tons with reserves of more than 1000 tons
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 16 March 2021 08: 46
        +3
        Do we have sho, a total replacement of vigorous loaves is coming?
        Such reserves are needed when they are going to be used in business, and then why.
    2. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 16 March 2021 09: 27
      +1
      Quote: rocket757
      Shaw is that so? Not in an arc "invisible" fell?

      The Americans badly lobbied the British parliament. As always, US greed failed.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 16 March 2021 09: 32
        +1
        So it's understandable, babosiks love everyone ... but maybe we don't know something? there may be more problems with the "penguin" than they say.
  4. Lech from Android.
    Lech from Android. 16 March 2021 08: 02
    +5
    Does the new START treaty of the United States and Russia take into account the British nuclear arsenal?
    1. Insurgent
      Insurgent 16 March 2021 08: 05
      0
      Quote: Lech from Android.
      Does the new START treaty of the United States and Russia take into account the British nuclear arsenal?


      Does such an agreement exist?
      1. Lech from Android.
        Lech from Android. 16 March 2021 08: 17
        +5
        There is one that was extended ...
        1. Insurgent
          Insurgent 16 March 2021 08: 18
          +2
          Quote: Lech from Android.
          There is one that was extended ...

          So he is as "new" as I am - a young man ...
      2. WHAT IS
        WHAT IS 16 March 2021 08: 19
        +13
        On February 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry exchanged notes with the US Embassy on the completion of the internal procedures necessary for the entry into force of the agreement on the extension of the agreement, ”the statement reads.
        Thus, as noted in the Foreign Ministry, the agreement will operate without any changes or additions - in the form in which it was signed in 2010. The validity period is extended until February 5, 2026.


        The agreement to extend the agreement for five years was concluded on Moscow's terms, said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who was appointed by Vladimir Putin as the official representative of the President of the Russian Federation when the parliament was considering ratifying the agreement. “On our terms: for five years without preconditions, without any additions and any 'appendages',” Ryabkov told reporters.
        1. Insurgent
          Insurgent 16 March 2021 08: 23
          +3
          Quote: WHAT IS
          On February 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry exchanged notes with the US Embassy on the completion of the internal procedures necessary for the entry into force of the agreement on the extension of the agreement, ”the statement reads.
          Thus, as noted in the Foreign Ministry, the agreement will operate without any changes or additions - in the form in which it was signed in 2010. The validity period is extended until February 5, 2026.


          In this regard, my comment is above ↑.
  5. evgen1221
    evgen1221 16 March 2021 08: 03
    +2
    It's sad that countries, in order to increase their GDP, are throwing unmeasured dough into things for murder, although they themselves understand that no one is threatening them. It would be long ago that both poverty and the problem of recycling waste processing would have been solved by cutting the defense industry by 50% all over the world. How many brains and resources go nowhere. Man is truly a parasite of the planet.
    1. Vladimir_2U
      Vladimir_2U 16 March 2021 08: 13
      +3
      Quote: evgen1221
      Man is truly a parasite of the planet.

      Get rid of the parasite! And all good things are better to start with yourself, dear friend!
  6. hydrox
    hydrox 16 March 2021 08: 06
    +5
    === The reason for this is the threat from Russia and China. ===
    It's funny
    And someone will tell me, WHO has surplus of fissile weapons materials, especially fresh cleaning, suitable for making warheads? 35 BG requires from 700 to 1050 kg of weapon-grade plutonium, but even minke whales do not have that much ... Russia, of course, will not give a single gram for any price, although we have much more than a ton of this good.
    1. Sidor Amenpodestovich
      Sidor Amenpodestovich 16 March 2021 08: 12
      0
      Quote: hydrox
      Can someone tell me WHO has surplus fissile materials

      Well, maybe they will split some of the existing charges in half.
      1. hydrox
        hydrox 16 March 2021 08: 22
        +2
        It is not so simple: If, relatively speaking, from 10 equal pieces of plutonium of a special form, it is possible to assemble a nuclear reactor with a capacity of 10 kT and it blows up when used, then two charges of 5 pieces will not explode, since there is not enough critical mass of the explosion.
        This is a crude but correct explanation.
        From a megaton charge, it will be possible to get 10 pieces of 1-kTn charges (if it has not been lying in storage for too long)
        1. hydrox
          hydrox 16 March 2021 08: 47
          +2
          Quote: hydrox
          From a megaton charge, it will be possible to obtain pieces of 10 1-kTn charges

          Misprint :: read follows "From a megaton charge it will be possible to get less than 10 50-kT charges
    2. Vladimir_2U
      Vladimir_2U 16 March 2021 08: 14
      +2
      Quote: hydrox
      35 BG requires from 700 to 1050 kg of weapon-grade plutonium, but even minke whales do not have that much
      Who cares, right word!
      1. tihonmarine
        tihonmarine 16 March 2021 09: 56
        +1
        Quote: Vladimir_2U
        35 BG requires from 700 to 1050 kg of weapon-grade plutonium, but even minke whales do not have that much
        Who cares, right word!

        The main thing is to budget 113 billion and then there is no need to worry.
    3. NDR-791
      NDR-791 16 March 2021 08: 35
      +3
      Quote: hydrox
      And someone will tell me, WHO has surplus of fissile weapons materials, especially fresh cleaning, suitable for making warheads?

      They would rather not make new ones. The Americans will take aviation bombs. We deactivated ours (thanks to the bald one). The Americans only removed their own from the carriers and stored them in "operational readiness".
      1. hydrox
        hydrox 16 March 2021 08: 53
        +1
        The problem here is that during long-term storage, the charges are deactivated and instead of a sharp nuclear explosion, PUHHH is obtained. The activity of Plutonium can be refreshed, but the USA and the World Bank do not possess such technologies, France has a little, the rest (except ours) is scattered all over the world.
        1. NDR-791
          NDR-791 16 March 2021 09: 04
          +1
          In the second half of September (2015), the media reported with reference to the German ZDF TV channel that the United States was preparing to deploy in the foreseeable future in Germany a new modification of its B61-12 nuclear bombs, under which it was decided to adapt the Tornado fighter-bombers from the combat personnel of the German Air Force. It was reported that 20 of these bombs will be placed at the Büchel airbase in Rhineland-Palatinate, and in the future they will appear in Turkey and Italy.
          https://topwar.ru/84098-v61-bomba-11-prezidentov.html
          With the Turks, they rattled, their share will be given to the impudent or new ones will be modified.
          1. hydrox
            hydrox 16 March 2021 09: 45
            0
            Technology is so problematic, and so expensive, that they would rather not mess with it.
    4. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 16 March 2021 09: 36
      +1
      Russia and the United States have reserves (each) of more than 30 tons of weapons-grade plutonium.
      Enough for tens of thousands of nuclear charges.
      Too many were made in due time. They don't know what to do with it.
    5. Insurgent
      Insurgent 16 March 2021 09: 37
      0
      Quote: hydrox
      WHO has a surplus of fissile material, let alone freshly purified, suitable for making warheads? 35 BG requires from 700 to 1050 kg of weapon-grade plutonium, but even minke whales do not have that much ...


      Brita will do yes But ... small...

      Greedy Vartan (Armenian fairy tale)

      Sheep skin to furrier
      Vartan-neighbor came in:
      - From this skins sew a hat
      Can you or not?

      - Can! said the furrier in reply,
      Looking at the skin.
      - And will be two? - asked Vartan,
      Squatting on his haunches.

      - And two sew.
      - And three?
      - And three!
      - Will you sew four?
      - Yes!
      - And five?
      - Well, I can do five,
      If there is a need for this!

      - Perhaps you can find all six?
      - I can, if it is necessary!
      - Where six, there - seven! - said Vartan.
      - It goes! said the furrier.

      When the customer every other day
      He came for hats
      Seven hats laid out furrier
      On your desktop.

      - Is this my order?
      Vartan cried out in their hearts.
      When you cut my caps,
      You must have been drunk?

      What to do with me now?
      Where do you order to put it?
      After all, none of them can not
      Put on your head!

      - But you yourself wanted it!
      The furrier said in response.
      Big seven sheep hats
      Do not find any way!

  7. Viktor Sergeev
    Viktor Sergeev 16 March 2021 08: 17
    +2
    And what does China have to do with it, if its missiles, in principle, cannot reach England? Give Johnson a map or explain to him that the UK is not part of the United States.
    1. Egoza
      Egoza 16 March 2021 08: 35
      +2
      Quote: Victor Sergeev
      And what does China have to do with it, if its missiles, in principle, cannot reach England?

      It does not matter! In both chambers, they also do not know geography. The main thing is to scare Russia + China and they will immediately dump denyuzhek! That's why fairy tales are told.
    2. hydrox
      hydrox 16 March 2021 08: 59
      0
      It is enough for China to fire a dozen of its one-piece missiles at Great Britan from the Norwegian or North Sea from its nuclear submarine and there will be a strait in place of the WB. Mao Tse Tung.
      1. Viktor Sergeev
        Viktor Sergeev 16 March 2021 18: 00
        0
        It remains to understand why China is thrashing around Britain, sending boats, of which there are few, on a rather dangerous journey.
        1. hydrox
          hydrox 16 March 2021 19: 02
          0
          This is the answer to your question above and it doesn't matter that it is stupid and provocative - that is what gave you an alternative - you can joke further ...
    3. Disant
      Disant 16 March 2021 10: 39
      0
      And what does China have to do with it, if its missiles, in principle, cannot reach England?

      China has ballistic missile submarines
  8. Yaro Polk
    Yaro Polk 16 March 2021 08: 19
    +3
    China then also has every right to build up, without a twinge of conscience, its YAP .... stupid Anglo-Saxons, and who is the aggressor?
    I think China would gladly take revenge on you for 100 years of humiliation .... and the opium genocide from the colonialists.
  9. zwlad
    zwlad 16 March 2021 08: 19
    0
    I wonder how (in the absence of technology) and from what (in the absence of material) they are going to increase their arsenal.
    Only if the Americans throw it in, and even those have forgotten all the technologies, as well as the lunar ones.
  10. Mouse
    Mouse 16 March 2021 08: 30
    +5
    UK intends to increase its nuclear arsenal by increasing the number of warheads by 40%

    and what is only 40% ??? it's not even half-measures ... belay give 100 !!! wassat
    1. hydrox
      hydrox 16 March 2021 09: 00
      +1
      For such a number of YaBG they will remain without pants !!! laughing
      1. Mouse
        Mouse 16 March 2021 09: 12
        +3
        Quote: hydrox
        For such a number of YaBG they will remain without pants !!! laughing

        Someone will be upset? I'm definitely not ... wink
        1. hydrox
          hydrox 16 March 2021 09: 28
          +1
          And to look at the Great Britons without pants (especially at the royal parade !!) wouldn't it be interesting !? yes
  11. ioan-e
    ioan-e 16 March 2021 09: 00
    0
    In total, the British government intends to spend 10 billion dollars on the modernization of the army over 113,73 years.

    It's just ridiculous considering the cost of their weapons, not to mention the development!
  12. tovarich-andrey.62goncharov
    tovarich-andrey.62goncharov 16 March 2021 09: 03
    +2
    Well yes! So China and this aggressive Russia regularly invaded Foggy Albion in the 20th and 21st centuries for selfish purposes. Well, sir, I remember. Balaklava, Northern Russian campaign. We remember.
  13. Mikhalych
    Mikhalych 16 March 2021 09: 07
    0
    Britain intends to build up its nuclear arsenal

    By the way, and for the money stolen and taken out of Russia !!!
    hi
  14. APASUS
    APASUS 16 March 2021 09: 29
    +1
    Old manipulators.
    Problems with Brexit, coronavirus, economic downturn, problems with neighbors due to trade restrictions, the government needs to come up with something urgently !!
    So there are ideas of a terrible threat from China and the Russians, you need to scare the layman ...................
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 16 March 2021 09: 41
      +1
      Absolutely.
      The UK economy is in bad shape.
      But the Russian economy is also in bad shape.
      Nevertheless, both countries are getting into an arms race,
      which will finish off both economies. sad

      And China, whose economy is in good shape, will win.
      China will buy on the cheap both the assets of Russia and the assets of Britain.
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 16 March 2021 12: 17
        0
        Quote: voyaka uh
        Absolutely.
        The UK economy is in bad shape.
        But the Russian economy is also in bad shape.
        Nevertheless, both countries are getting into an arms race,
        which will finish off both economies. sad

        And China, whose economy is in good shape, will win.
        China will buy on the cheap both the assets of Russia and the assets of Britain.

        And so that the Russians and the Chinese don't buy the Foggy Albion, we urgently need to build up their nuclear potential!
        Not funny ?
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 16 March 2021 13: 04
          +2
          It's funny, of course. And sad ...
          An arms race for two economically disabled people.
          One disabled person - Russia - got hooked on raw materials,
          another disabled person - Britain - got hooked on banks.
          Russia can bang all the cities of Britain with Yars and Bulava.
          Britain can bang all the cities of Russia with Tridents.
          What for? What to share? sad
          1. iouris
            iouris 16 March 2021 17: 20
            0
            Quote: voyaka uh
            What for? What to share?

            On the principle!
  15. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 16 March 2021 10: 13
    -1
    Given the constant reduction in the defense budget, God forbid, the English calf, at least at the same level.))))
  16. kit88
    kit88 16 March 2021 14: 54
    +7
    Probably it would be more correct to say:
    Russia and China threaten the interests of Britain and the United States.
    / Which spread to the whole world /
    But that doesn't sound so scary for Londoners.
    PS. Oh yes! Newbie! How! Angry Russians are poisoning peaceful British people in broad daylight!
    Just because they are evil. And the Russians. wassat
  17. Old26
    Old26 16 March 2021 17: 25
    +4
    Quote: hydrox
    === The reason for this is the threat from Russia and China. ===
    It's funny
    And someone will tell me, WHO has surplus of fissile weapons materials, especially fresh cleaning, suitable for making warheads? 35 BG requires from 700 to 1050 kg of weapon-grade plutonium, but even minke whales do not have that much ... Russia, of course, will not give a single gram for any price, although we have much more than a ton of this good.

    How many interesting things can you learn from your posts, comrade. True, your information has almost ZERO value for the majority does not correspond to reality, but this is nonsense. You fire smartly by manipulating numbers.
    You probably don't care that the officially announced world stocks of weapons-grade plutonium for about 2010 are about 160 tons for Russia and about 100 tons for the United States - but this is nonsense. NO Y AMERICAN WEAPONS PLUTONIUM just because they are americans
    You probably don't care that our president canceled the agreement with the United States on converting weapons-grade plutonium into MOX fuel because the option did not allow making weapons-grade plutonium "irrevocable" from the option with a 100% guarantee. At the same time, both sides spent 15 tons each. And in your opinion, we have much more than a ton of weapons-grade plutonium. No more HUNDREDS tons, and more than a ton. And others do not even have this ...

    Quote: hydrox
    The problem here is that during long-term storage, the charges are deactivated and instead of a sharp nuclear explosion, PUHHH is obtained. The activity of Plutonium can be refreshed, but the USA and the World Bank do not possess such technologies, France has a little, the rest (except ours) is scattered all over the world.

    Based on your logic, our charges have already turned into a "pop"? Or not? Oh yes, we do have technologies, but the whole world DOES NOT.
    Burn on ...

    Quote: voyaka uh
    Russia and the United States have reserves (each) of more than 30 tons of weapons-grade plutonium.
    Enough for tens of thousands of nuclear charges.
    Too many were made in due time. They don't know what to do with it.

    Much more, Alexey, much more. Officially announced figures, albeit about 10 years ago, indicate that the United States has about 60-80 tons of plutonium, and we have about 120-140 tons ...

    Quote: Victor Sergeev
    And what does China have to do with it, if its missiles, in principle, cannot reach England? Give Johnson a map or explain to him that the UK is not part of the United States.

    Thank you, comrade! Didn't know that Comrade Xi ordered the destruction of all his DF-5 missiles. DF-31 / 31A / 31AG, DF-41 and Chinese JL-2 SLBMs. Thank you, I haven’t heard. Moreover, all these missiles have a firing range of more than 8000 km, and the China-Britain trajectory is approximately 7200-7500 km.

    Quote: Mouse
    UK intends to increase its nuclear arsenal by increasing the number of warheads by 40%

    and what is only 40% ??? it's not even half-measures ... belay give 100 !!! wassat

    Actually, you shouldn't react so violently to the article that has appeared, and without clarifications. Britain currently has about 225 warheads, of which 160 are combat-ready (the rest are in long-term storage in storage. Of these 160, 120 warheads are listed on Trident warheads. Britain plans to increase the number of its BB on Tridents by 40%).
    This means that the number of BBs on SLBMs will increase from 120 to 168. Most, if not all of these BBs are in long-term storage and there is no need to produce them again. They will modernize the units currently in storage, and possibly "clean up" the plutonium of these BBs. This will increase the number of missiles and BBs on their boats. Now they have 3 boats in combat readiness. Each of the boats carries 8 Trident SLBMs. Each SLBM has 5 blocks. An increase in the number of BB by 48 will increase the number of missiles on each boat from 8 to 12. The number of BB can be different. 4 missiles with 4 BG or as an option according to the British system - 1 missile with 1 BG for a "surgical strike" on the enemy, plus 3 missiles with 5 blocks
  18. sharp-lad
    sharp-lad 17 March 2021 21: 24
    0
    And how, after that, are the Americans going to continue to demand that China join the strategic arms reduction treaties?