Trident miss-ile

I'm no supporter of Trident, nor of any nuclear weapons for that matter, but it's probably a good idea from the MOD's point of view to make sure they work.

They say it's not just the missile they're testing, but also the boat, the crew, the command and control systems. A Trident missile costs, by the way, £17m. Just for the one. And so far as I can tell, the only way to test a Trident missile is to - erm - fire it.

Which will only tell you whether that one was OK, or not. By which time, it's a bit too late to mend it. A Trident missile which is a dud costs as much to test as a Trident missile that works as intended.

Put that in your torpedo tube and smoke it.

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