Pen­tagon re­veals deal to re­place Tri­dent

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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”.

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