Pentagon reveals deal to replace Trident
PENTAGON officials left the Government playing catch-up yesterday after revealing a UK commitment to a multibillion-pound replacement of Trident.
A US commander told a committee in America of the UK’s plans before ministers here made an official announcement.
The system will use nuclear warheads based on US technology, according to US Strategic Command commander Admiral Charles Richard.
After his testimony to a senate hearing surfaced, the Ministry of Defence confirmed officials were working towards replacing the warheads.The cost has been estimated at £31billion.
The admiral said last week a replacement warhead called-W93 was needed in the US, adding: “This effort will support a parallel replacement warhead programme in the UK.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has long backed the proposed replacement and the Conservatives committed to renewing the deterrent ahead of last December’s election.
The MoD said an announcement “will be made in due course”.