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Second US Navy nuclear submarine with low-yield nuclear warheads went on alert

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The US Navy has released the second strategic nuclear submarine on alert duty, which is armed with Trident ballistic missiles, equipped with nuclear warheads with a reduced charge yield. The nuclear submarine USS Tennessee (SSBN-734) was supplemented by the nuclear submarine USS Alaska (SSBN-732).


In total, Ohio-class nuclear-powered strategic submarines carry up to 20 Trident-II D5 ICBMs with 76 kiloton W1-100 and 88 kiloton W475 nuclear warheads. Since 2020, according to the new doctrine, ICBMs with a W76-2 nuclear warhead with a capacity of 5 to 8 kilotons will be added to the arsenal of submarines. As previously reported, the USS Tennessee has two such missiles, it is likely that the USS Alaska has the same number.

The decision to adopt ICBMs with a low-yield nuclear warhead was made during the administration of Donald Trump. For some reason, Washington believed that it was precisely such warheads that would help contain Russia. In the opinion of the US military, the use of tactical charges will allow winning a conflict with the enemy, but at the same time avoiding a global nuclear war.

However, not everything is as simple as they think in Washington. Moscow has already announced that it does not matter with what charge any missile will be sent to Russian territory, with low power or not, the answer will follow immediately. The Russian Defense Ministry warned that, according to Russian military doctrine, any ICBM launched towards Russia is the basis for a nuclear response.

Recall that strategic nuclear submarines of the "Ohio" type have two shift crews on duty in turn.
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  1. lucul
    lucul 12 October 2021 14: 55
    +2
    For some reason, Washington believed that it was precisely such warheads that would help contain Russia. In the opinion of the American military, the use of tactical charges will allow winning a conflict with the enemy, but at the same time avoiding a global nuclear war.

    Women's logic)))
    Moscow has already announced that it does not matter with what charge any missile will be sent to Russian territory, with low power or not, the answer will follow immediately. The Russian Defense Ministry warned that, according to Russian military doctrine, any ICBM launched towards Russia is the basis for a nuclear response.

    Men's logic )))
    1. Silver bullet
      Silver bullet 12 October 2021 15: 08
      +2
      The Russian Ministry of Defense warns: "We don't understand the varieties of your derma. But what for us? Will not give a ride."
      But seriously, I think the Yankees have increased the guidance accuracy and reduced the KVO to the minimum indicators that allow you to get into a ground-based mine, so there is no need for hundreds of kilotons.
  2. Cowbra
    Cowbra 12 October 2021 15: 03
    0
    It's simple - they have forgotten how to enrich plutonium. They haven't learned to clean. YAO - is getting old, and ruchenkos grow from gum. Therefore, we take a full-format warhead, cut out the "eyes" with a knife, like a potato - from the remaining we sculpt a ball of tactical nuclear weapons. After that, we say that there is plasticine in the pants.
  3. Cron
    Cron 12 October 2021 15: 04
    0
    In the opinion of the American military, the use of tactical charges will allow winning a conflict with the enemy, but at the same time avoiding a global nuclear war.

  4. Avior
    Avior 12 October 2021 15: 24
    0
    ... According to the US military, the use of tactical charges will help win the conflict.

    Will the use of two tactical charges allow you to win?
    And why did the rest then?
    The author should have thought about what to write this.
    Nobody thinks so, including the US military.
    SLBMs with reduced warhead power were made in accordance with the new US military doctrine, which provides for a retaliatory, strictly limited strike with tactical nuclear weapons when trying to pressure the use of tactical weapons against the United States or allies.
    The Americans have limited capabilities in tactical weapons; in fact, they only have free-fall bombs, which are unsuitable for this purpose.
  5. Boa kaa
    Boa kaa 12 October 2021 15: 43
    +3
    The Yankees have increased the accuracy of the D5 missiles, so they believe that in the counter-force version of the W76-2 it will play its violin ... This time.
    Secondly, they have to "sort out" the old SBPs, bringing them to the level of combat capability. In this case, the mass of the fissile substance decreases for natural reasons. As before, there is not enough for a large mallet.
    Thirdly, they believe that China is not Russia and will endure a couple of small nuclear slaps in the face ... All the same, it has less SBP than Uncle Sam, so they can fold to get into a big fight ...
    Fourthly, it worked with Japans at one time, it is believed that it can work with another non-nuclear country: 5-8 Kt is quite enough, the Americans believe, to scare the intractable from the third world reservations. Russia and China will not get into a fight for them, and the rest will not get into a fight with their NATO ally.
    At first, the AMs even considered their use against Belarus, but after a clear, unambiguous answer from the GDP that we would defend our allies (Belarus) as our own country, Trump was blown away ... But the topic remained.
    In general, as I can see, these same cowboys are big entertainers about someone weaker than themselves (loved ones) to bomb with impunity under the guise of "democracy" ... But with us and the whales, they clearly had a bummer across their smiling mugs.
    AHA.
    1. Momento
      Momento 12 October 2021 15: 58
      +1
      as far as I recall, this charge can be adjusted in power before starting.
      it is obvious that all this reduced power is prepared for Iran and the DPRK. there are no other candidates for this gift right now.
      1. Avior
        Avior 12 October 2021 16: 14
        -2
        No. Specifically about these missiles in the American nuclear doctrine, a specific enemy is indicated
        And this is not Iran, North Korea or China


        https://media.defense.gov/2018/Feb/02/2001872876/-1/-1/1/EXECUTIVE-SUMMARY-TRANSLATION-RUSSIAN.PDF
        1. Momento
          Momento 12 October 2021 16: 26
          +2
          I read. The DPRK and Iran are linked there earlier than Russia and China. and nothing about underpowered warheads.
          1. Avior
            Avior 12 October 2021 16: 49
            -1
            Under my link section
            IMPROVING CONTAINMENT EFFICIENCY WITH NON-STRATEGIC NUCLEAR FORCES AND FACILITIES
            This is 9,10, 11 pages
            It specifically states against whom and in what specific situation these missiles are specific.
      2. Boa kaa
        Boa kaa 12 October 2021 16: 23
        +1
        Quote: Momento
        all this reduced power is prepared for Iran and the DPRK.

        Most likely against Iran with its atomic program, which is like a sickle by Faberge, exiled by God. Israel will put pressure on the States to strike (nuclear castration, as one person recently put it).
        The DPRK is the younger brother of China, and besides, with a vigorous boNba ... So you can inadvertently get shocked. And this is not part of the plans of the light elves.
        But there is another reason for the United States to unleash (under a plausible pretext) a "small victorious war" - a way out of the crisis (default, economic collapse and other delights).
        Therefore, L. Carroll was right - everything around is becoming more and more curious (c) bully
    2. Avior
      Avior 12 October 2021 15: 59
      -1
      The use of these SLBMs has a special justification in the new US nuclear doctrine - as insurance in case the enemy considers it possible to use tactical nuclear weapons in the expectation that the United States will not want to start a large-scale nuclear war in response. Moreover, the adversary in the doctrine is named quite specific, you know who.

      in the short term, the United States plans to modify a small number of existing submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) ​​to be able to use low-yield nuclear warheads, and in the longer term, move to the use of sea-launched cruise missiles (SLCM). Unlike DCAs, low-yield SLBMs and SLCMs do not need host country support to remain an effective deterrent. They will provide additional diversification of platforms, range of nuclear weapons, range and combat capability, and will serve
      an important insurance against an unpredictable nuclear scenario.

      These additional resources will increase the effectiveness of deterrence, disillusioning potential adversaries that limited use of nuclear weapons can give them an advantage over the United States and our allies.


      https://media.defense.gov/2018/Feb/02/2001872876/-1/-1/1/EXECUTIVE-SUMMARY-TRANSLATION-RUSSIAN.PDF
      1. Momento
        Momento 13 October 2021 23: 11
        0
        the limited use of nuclear weapons can only go (a matter of time) and the DPRK. it is a deterrent weapon for such clients.
        1. Avior
          Avior 14 October 2021 08: 21
          +1
          The doctrine is written unequivocally, specifically, these missiles are created to contain Russia.
  6. Yaro Polk
    Yaro Polk 12 October 2021 15: 51
    0
    What's the difference, lowered not lowered, this nuclear attack will be considered one hell, stupid Americans.
  7. ban
    ban 12 October 2021 16: 05
    0
    In total, Ohio-class nuclear-powered strategic submarines carry up to 20 Trident-II D5 ICBMs

    Always thought that Ohio had 24 Trident
  8. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 12 October 2021 16: 19
    +2
    These submarines are for strikes against China from the south.
    China cleverly hides its ICBMs near the Russian border so that it would be impossible to strike from the United States (this would be mistaken for a nuclear attack on Russia).
    And from the south, with low charges on the mines - it will pass. If you warn Russia in advance.
    1. Avior
      Avior 12 October 2021 16: 51
      -1
      Pages 9,10, 11
      Strictly about these missiles and the situation of their use
      https://media.defense.gov/2018/Feb/02/2001872876/-1/-1/1/EXECUTIVE-SUMMARY-TRANSLATION-RUSSIAN.PDF
  9. Doctor
    Doctor 12 October 2021 22: 28
    0
    Due to the decrease in the path length of neutrons in the cubic power, the radius of the affected area does not increase in proportion to the power.

    The power is 10 Kt, the radius of the zone of total destruction is 470 meters.



    Power 100 Kt. It would seem that the radius of the zone of complete destruction should be 4 meters.
    Nothing like this. Only 1010 meters.



    The total area of ​​the lesion changes accordingly (100 Kt - 3,21 sq. Km, 10x10 Kt - 6,9 sq. Km).

    Therefore, it makes no sense to make one big ammunition.
    It is more profitable to make a warhead with a lot of small ammunition. wink
    1. Momento
      Momento 14 October 2021 16: 30
      0
      everything is very simple - the higher the accuracy, the less ammunition.
      In general, as I understand it, there is no theoretical limit to a nuclear explosion - you can build one munition that will send the entire planet to paradise. well, or somewhere else - I suspect that this is the same place)
  10. 1536
    1536 14 October 2021 12: 07
    0
    The old Soviet thesis that mass culture will ultimately have an indelible negative impact on the very elite of American society seems to be true. In my opinion, this is in the film with Arnold "True Lies" (Tret Lies - 1994 release), at the very end, after all the tests, he kisses his wife against the background of a nuclear explosion, which, probably, according to the intention of the filmmakers, was this very explosion "reduced power" warheads. You can recall other Hollywood creations, where nuclear weapons are a kind of set of hand grenades or mines that can be used on the territory of cities when trapping exotic animals or defending against aliens. Hey guys and girls from the Washington flea market, it was just a movie! ..
    In this regard, the words of our Minister of Foreign Affairs best describe the state of the "minds" of the Washington elders and the personnel serving them.