Trident (missile)

The Trident missile is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) equipped with multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV). Originally developed by Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation, the missile is armed with thermonuclear warheads and is launched from nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). Trident missiles are carried by fourteen United States Navy Ohio-class submarines, with American warheads, as well as four Royal Navy Vanguard-class submarines, with British warheads. The missile is named after the mythological trident of Neptune.[1]

Trident I first launch on 18 January 1977 at Cape Canaveral
Production history
ManufacturerLockheed Martin Space Systems
Length13.41 m
Width2.11 m

Maximum speed Mach 19
Inertial guidance by stellar sighting

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