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Southwark Mariner
April 10, 2015, 1:48am
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I reckon I'll be voting Conservative, but one thing I honestly think is an optional extra is our strategic nuclear submarine fleet. I can't think of a situation where we'd be threatened and not have a nuclear armed ally to defend us within the next 20 years. I'd be happy investing in a new batch of supremely silent service subsurface fleet but arming them with SLBMs is a waste of cash. Unmanned drones is the future. Arm them with tactical weapons maybe, launch them from submarines, our new waste of money carriers, or from space. But why waste cash on a full strategic nuclear arsenal.


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There's enough folk wasting money on Arsenal......  

I'm all for a strong nuclear deterrent myself.... but launching from space ???

well that would cost infinitely more than nuclear capable submarines....


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I stopped reading after the word Conservative.
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Putting aside the unacceptable nature of putting atomic weapons into orbit (and the vast cost of doing so due to their huge weight), it just wouldn't work in any case. China 'shot down' a spy satellite the other year as I recall. Can be done with missiles or even lasers. Just enough to heat them up/disrupt the orbit and the weapons would be useless. I'd imagine that keeping nuclear weapons stable/usable in orbit would be an issue due to the increased amounts of radiation outside of the atmosphere as well.

As for drones (and again putting aside the great weight of nuclear weapons), Iran captured a cutting edge US drone recently by jamming communications and hacking the software. No way in the world is any nation going to put atomic weapons in an aircraft which could be relatively easily captured!
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We need to develope a high powered laser a bit like the one of the death star in the empire strikes back?
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We need to develope a high powered laser a bit like the one of the death star in the empire strikes back?


Thing is....as Star Wars was set "a long time ago" then what has happened to that technology and knowledge?


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the title of the thread is awful for what i meant. I was trying to say spending money on nuclear weapons is a complete waste. I'd rather we spent cash developing anything else other than nuclear weapons.
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the title of the thread is awful for what i meant. I was trying to say spending money on nuclear weapons is a complete waste. I'd rather we spent cash developing anything else other than nuclear weapons.


If we followed this logic the Putin would be sat in Buckingham palace and the women of this country would be sex slaves for the Russian army, so please live in the real world.
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As a member of NATO, there is no way that the Russians would ever invade, nuclear weapons or not.

It it came down to war with conventional weaponry, the Russian military would be annihilated by the combined NATO forces.
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Does any sane human being truly believe that there are nations out there that would launch an attack on another country with a nuclear weapon in the modern day? Seriously?

Trident, at a cost of hundreds of BILLIONS of pounds, is merely the UK's entry in the most expensive male private-waving contest in the history of mankind.
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