CBRN Assessment

UK admits to nuclear replacement warhead programme

27 February 2020

The United Kingdom is working on a new nuclear replacement warhead programme, defence secretary Ben Wallace told parliament on 25 February.

"To ensure the government maintains an effective deterrent throughout the commission of the Dreadnought-class ballistic missile submarine, we are replacing our existing nuclear warhead to respond to future threats and the security environment," Wallace said. "The Ministry of Defence’s Defence Nuclear Organisation is working with the Atomic Weapons Establishment to build the highly skilled teams and put in place the facilities and capabilities needed to deliver the replacement warhead, whilst also sustaining the current warhead until it is withdrawn from service.

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