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"Overcome Moscow's missile defense": in the Western press on the build-up of British nuclear forces

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In March, the UK took many military experts by surprise by announcing an intention to increase its nuclear stockpile. weapons from 225 to 260 warheads. However, London has already resorted to strengthening the potential of nuclear weapons, which was caused by the significant progress made by the enemy in the field of missile defense.


Doing Without US Nuclear Weapons


This opinion is expressed in the western edition of ASPI Strategist. As indicated, the size of the British nuclear forces has been determined for many years by considerations of the minimum size of a deterrent. The Soviet Union's creation of a missile defense system around the capital prompted London in the 1970s to improve the penetration capacity of the then Polaris ICBMs under the Chevaline program, giving the missile the ability to "penetrate Moscow's missile defense".

The UK and its allies have historically been concerned that the US might not want to use nuclear forces to protect its partners, and felt it necessary to have a "second decision-making center" in which their own weapons could be used in times of emergency.

- explained in the Western press.

Currently, the British government says that the decision to expand the arsenals of nuclear weapons is caused by the deterioration of the strategic landscape and technological threats. Observers say Russia has been rebuilding its nuclear forces since 2007 and investing in new technologies such as nuclear submarine drones and hypersonic missiles. China is building up its nuclear capabilities, and its current hostility towards Taiwan increases the risk of a Sino-US confrontation.


SSBN Vanguard - the backbone of the British nuclear forces


Progress in Russian missile defense is to blame


It came as a surprise to some that improvements in the Russian missile defense system played a key role in the UK's decision

- noted in the ASPI Strategist, calling the need to create a threat to Moscow as the main goal of London building up its nuclear forces

At the same time, it is indicated that "Western intelligence is tracking the comprehensive modernization of the Russian missile defense system around Moscow and neighboring regions." The data on its strengthening "influenced the strategic thinking of Great Britain."

As explained, the path to strengthening both Russian and American defense systems was opened by the collapse in 2002 of the ABM Treaty. In 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin explained that following the US withdrawal from the agreement, the Russians have worked hard to develop promising new weapons systems.

With minimal deterrent, Britain is sensitive to the development by the Russians or the Chinese of offensive or defensive nuclear systems that could undermine its strategic position. Fears that arose 40 years ago are now [again] becoming a reality

- the conclusion is made in the western edition.


Not so long ago, an article was published in the Western press in which the author stated that Moscow is the most suitable city in the world where one can "survive a nuclear war."
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  1. sergo1914
    sergo1914 20 May 2021 14: 04
    +14
    Britain is sensitive to the development by the Russians or the Chinese of offensive or defensive nuclear systems that could undermine its strategic position.


    What, excuse me, undermine? Strategic location? How? Will Britain be towed to Antarctica?
    1. NIKN
      NIKN 20 May 2021 14: 14
      +6
      to increase its stocks of nuclear weapons from 225 to 260 warheads.
      225 types now (after the US withdrawn from the missile defense) will not penetrate the Russian missile defense system, but 260 will definitely penetrate ... belay And how long will it fly to the island? The best way out is suggested above.
      Quote: sergo1914
      Will Britain be towed to Antarctica?
      1. frruc
        frruc 20 May 2021 14: 24
        +10
        to improve the penetration ability of the then Polaris ICBM under the Chevaline program, giving the missile the ability to “penetrate Moscow's missile defense”.

        Here Great Britain, as an island state, is in a more vulnerable position. And the Russian Federation is a continental country. Mass launch of ICBMs and there are no British Isles, sea waves closed and British shit remained afloat (it does not sink). crying
        1. Achilles
          Achilles 20 May 2021 21: 41
          +1
          Quote: frruc
          Here Great Britain, as an island state, is in a more vulnerable position. And the Russian Federation is a continental country. Mass launch of ICBMs and there are no British Isles, sea waves closed and British shit remained afloat (it does not sink).

          I wonder what is in their heads? As soon as one rocket launches in the direction of Russia, we will answer, and what they have time to launch, Russia will reflect without breathlessness, but England will no longer be, they at least understand this. Pug and yapping
      2. Mountain shooter
        Mountain shooter 20 May 2021 14: 59
        +8
        Quote: NIKNN
        And how long will it fly to the island?

        One "Sarmat" is enough to no longer remember England ... Are they striving for this?
        1. venik
          venik 20 May 2021 18: 57
          +2
          Quote: Mountain Shooter
          One "Sarmat" is enough to no longer remember England ... Are they striving for this?

          ======
          Inspired! From a "bearded" anecdote about the Strategic Missile Forces: "Okay. Fuck this Britain - we'll figure it out tomorrow! (who pressed the "button") "
      3. Ryaruav
        Ryaruav 20 May 2021 18: 23
        +2
        there, too, there are not very evil Argentines
    2. Anachoret
      Anachoret 20 May 2021 14: 15
      +5
      better to tow Britain to Atlantis) closer to the Stalin Strait to the bottom of the ocean)
    3. Boa kaa
      Boa kaa 20 May 2021 18: 40
      0
      Quote: sergo1914
      Will Britain be towed to Antarctica?

      Nope ... laughing
      Russian nuclear systems will tow Britain straight to ATLANTIS !!! yes
  2. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 20 May 2021 14: 08
    +4
    It is necessary to prescribe in the doctrine the ability to be the first to burn, and not wait until it flies
    1. Anachoret
      Anachoret 20 May 2021 14: 18
      -1
      you need to warm up the Scots, so that the navy bases of small shavens are driven with a scrubbed rag) and in Portsmouth they will be like in a dash for international "partners") like China or the Russian Federation
      1. Bolt cutter
        Bolt cutter 20 May 2021 14: 33
        +2
        you need to warm up the Scots so that the navy bases of small shavens are driven with a rag
        Whitehall spends 15 billion pounds a year on "heating". (These are five aircraft carriers of Queen Elizabeth) Sheets (there are about 5.5 million dug there) are not stupid to refuse such money. And at the bases they themselves serve by the way.
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 20 May 2021 14: 10
    +8
    Progress in Russian missile defense is to blame
    It came as a surprise to some that improvements in the Russian missile defense system played a key role in the UK's decision
    WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP ???
    Not a single missile defense system will protect if an exchange of massive vigorous strikes begins !!! It's just that in some countries more or less viable territories may remain, and nothing will remain of other countries at all. The islands are just candidates for NICHAVO!
    1. cniza
      cniza 20 May 2021 14: 43
      +3
      Quote: rocket757
      The islands are just candidates for NICHAVO!


      So let them develop their missile defense, but no, just shock ...
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 20 May 2021 15: 14
        +1
        Just defending is not realistic. This is the objective situation.
        1. cniza
          cniza 20 May 2021 15: 33
          +3
          This is understandable, but there are no words about missile defense at all ...
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 20 May 2021 16: 09
            +1
            So everyone wants to have a guarantee of protection from an "accidental" attack ... although many understand that this will not save you from a real blow, a strong enemy.
            The same illusion that the presence of its own nuclear attack missiles, it will save in the event of a global conflict.
            1. cniza
              cniza 20 May 2021 16: 12
              +2
              Serious opponents have nuclear weapons, there is a guarantee against a military confrontation, and missile defense is from everyone else ... yes
              1. rocket757
                rocket757 20 May 2021 16: 16
                +1
                Well, yes, they are pushing water in a mortar, how can they overcome, suppress, etc., etc. ... even their computer simulations show that the answer will be crushing, fatal, for the aggressor!
                1. cniza
                  cniza 20 May 2021 16: 22
                  +2
                  It still saves the big world as soon as the computer says it can ... but this is unlikely ...
                  1. rocket757
                    rocket757 20 May 2021 16: 27
                    +1
                    Unlikely. In addition to computers, there are serious analysts, whom I listen to serious generals and even assistants to various non-presidents.
                    1. cniza
                      cniza 20 May 2021 16: 51
                      +2
                      Let's hope that the mind will curb the wild heads ...
  4. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 20 May 2021 14: 11
    +1
    Let them figure it out at home, it would be necessary that the descendants of the Vikings SCOTLAND tsy issued a battle cry, and why do we need such neighbors made by the Romans! And immediately there will be peace to the world.
  5. Fedor M
    Fedor M 20 May 2021 14: 25
    0
    London in the 1970s to improve penetration ... into yourself if only
  6. Runoway
    Runoway 20 May 2021 14: 27
    -1
    How can you actually correct it, but I can see from the couch that putting the islands to the bottom does not provide any difficulty! Click and they are not, of course there will be a lot of stink, but the United States will not dare to start the third world
  7. Poetry
    Poetry 20 May 2021 14: 29
    +1
    And they have not forgotten to think about their British missile defense? So they will give you a mouthful that they will smile with their gums.
  8. Soldatov V.
    Soldatov V. 20 May 2021 14: 37
    +2
    First, take your grandmother to another world, grandfather is already there. Then read the will, maybe Britain has already been re-mortgaged ten times, all in debt. Why was the title of nobility given to the Russian rogue and was also put in parliament? Everything is as old as the world - money. And now she puffs like an overripe lady, but who needs her? hi
    1. Bolt cutter
      Bolt cutter 20 May 2021 14: 49
      +3
      For which the title of nobility was given to a Russian rogue and was also put in parliament
      For lobbying the interests of the Crown in Russia. Well, maybe a couple more tasks wink on the "five" performed. He doesn't have much money by English standards. stolen.
    2. Model101
      Model101 20 May 2021 17: 47
      -2
      The commander is in a car, the foreman is on a horse, an old grandmother with a sack ... on foot))))
  9. HAM
    HAM 20 May 2021 14: 39
    +4
    The impudence is already off scale. They openly talk about an attack on Russia .... And we are all - "partners," partners ".... ENEMIES, period ...
  10. cniza
    cniza 20 May 2021 14: 41
    +2
    The UK and its allies have historically been concerned that the US might not want to use nuclear forces to protect its partners.


    With the vaccine, they have already demonstrated this ... yes
    1. Bolt cutter
      Bolt cutter 20 May 2021 14: 45
      0
      What about the vaccine? The wife (after the English Aster) is alive and running.
      1. cniza
        cniza 20 May 2021 14: 47
        +2
        The United States did not share with anyone, but only itself ... the question is not in quality, but in the approach to partners ...
        1. Bolt cutter
          Bolt cutter 20 May 2021 14: 52
          0
          The USA did not share with anyone, but only themselves
          And the day before yesterday, the American Pfizer was delivered belay at StThomas. My shoulder ached all day, as if I had missed a blow, but that's okay too,
          1. cniza
            cniza 20 May 2021 15: 01
            +1
            So on your health, but that was a year ago, and now they are already selling to everyone ...
            1. Bolt cutter
              Bolt cutter 20 May 2021 15: 08
              0
              now they are already selling to everyone.
              On December 8, they began to use it here. Then they brought 800 thousand doses. Then they brought another 4 million doses. (The supply contract was signed in July) And a year ago, no one had anything.
              1. cniza
                cniza 20 May 2021 15: 31
                +1
                Here is a look:

                WASHINGTON, 1 Mar - RIA Novosti. The US will not ship the coronavirus vaccine overseas until it completes domestic vaccinations, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
                "No. The President has made it clear that his goal is to get every American vaccinated. When we achieve that goal, then we will happily discuss next steps," Psaki said at a briefing, when asked if Washington would agree to put a vaccine upon the possible request of Mexico.
                1. Bolt cutter
                  Bolt cutter 20 May 2021 15: 33
                  0
                  Look here
                  https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n421
                  Pfizer applies here since December. Psaki doesn't know maybe sad
                  1. cniza
                    cniza 20 May 2021 15: 44
                    +1
                    This is March 2020, and since December yes, but there are many but:

                    In the European Union, there was one brave country that refused the Pfizer vaccine from BioNTech under a new contract. Prior to this, the European Commission proudly announced the signing of a third contract for the supply of 1,8 billion doses of vaccine. The refusal is reported by the Reuters news agency.


                    The deliveries were agreed for a long period - from the end of 2021 to 2023.


                    "Hungary has abandoned the deal with Pfizer," the news agency writes, citing its own source.
                    1. Bolt cutter
                      Bolt cutter 20 May 2021 15: 49
                      +1
                      "Hungary refused to deal with Pfizer"
                      Congratulations to the freedom-loving Magyars wassat Will they be vaccinated with a pear palink?
                      The bottom line is that the states did not cover the vaccine from Britain, everything went according to agreements.
                      1. cniza
                        cniza 20 May 2021 15: 57
                        +3
                        Everyone goes crazy in his own way ...

                        Thanks to drugs from the Russian Federation and China, Hungary has become the leader in vaccination in Europe
                      2. Bolt cutter
                        Bolt cutter 20 May 2021 18: 36
                        0
                        https://www.euronews.com/2021/05/19/covid-19-vaccinations-in-europe-which-countries-are-leading-the-way
                        By the percentage of fully vaccinated - the third place. According to the first vaccination, they were not included in the top ten. (In Hungary, there are less than 10 million people, by the way). Yes, and you agree to be vaccinated with Chinese meat wassat ? Me not.
  • Crabong
    Crabong 20 May 2021 14: 47
    +1
    These British rats are completely insolent! Shouldn't we reconsider START? And then the Bidon from the master's shoulder agreed to extend, but ours are only happy.
  • Vlad Pervovich
    Vlad Pervovich 20 May 2021 17: 27
    0
    wrong title .. "Overcome the missile defense of Moscow"
    correct "Overcome Putin's missile defense"
  • Maikcg
    Maikcg 20 May 2021 17: 38
    -2
    The British do not have "their own" nuclear weapons and have no competencies for a long time, since the Tridents were leased. So you have to read - the United States decided to increase its potential by imperceptibly transferring to England fifty charges from the warehouses (so as not to dispose of it, because it is expensive and they do not know how).
    1. Boa kaa
      Boa kaa 20 May 2021 19: 11
      +1
      Quote: MaikCG
      The British do not have "their own" nuclear weapons and have no competencies for a long time, since the Tridents were leased.

      Just the British have their own warheads, that is, "nuclear weapons", as you say so.
      But the carriers of the ICBM class - yes, they do not have "national" carriers, they rent 58 items from the Yankees. At the same time, 48 for SSBNs, and 10 in the arsenal ... and an American naval officer gives permission to launch SLBMs by removing code blocks. That is why the tomies are foaming - to create a "second center"!
      A possible option: TNW for aircraft carriers (they sawed the Bakunirs at one time, now there are Penguins), but then there is no need to croak about Moscow's missile defense ...
      Quote: MaikCG
      The United States decided to increase its potential by imperceptibly transferring to England fifty charges from the warehouses (so as not to dispose of it, because it is expensive and they do not know how).
      This is unlikely ... And they have not yet forgotten how to disassemble their products in the Livermore laboratory ... It's just that the Yankees switched to the Hunfuz, and they "entrust" us to NATO and the small shavens, respectively. That's just not a hat for Senka ... "It will not be enough ..." (c).
      IMHO.
      1. Maikcg
        Maikcg 20 May 2021 20: 48
        -1
        Disassembling and recycling are two big differences. The plutonium plant was closed halfway.
  • Petrol cutter
    Petrol cutter 20 May 2021 19: 19
    0
    In my opinion, the content of the article does not correspond to such a loud title!
    Looks like this is pumping?! .. crying
  • Victor Tsenin
    Victor Tsenin 20 May 2021 23: 43
    0
    > which could undermine its strategic position.

    As far as I remember, the WB has no strategic position since 1945. But. It must be nice to think otherwise, because
  • isv000
    isv000 23 May 2021 14: 49
    -2
    Did you eat the islet of fish soup? A couple of starts and the archipelago will be, at best ...