Britain and the Bomb

Britain and the Bomb

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LE
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In 2016 Parliament voted to replace the UK’s nuclear deterrent; had it not been for Brexit there would probably have been a wider debate on the subject. Now that the Brexit die is pretty much cast and we have a stable government the whole matter of defence policy is likely to come under review and public debate. As the nuclear deterrent underpins UK defence policy (and spending) this book is timely. Those who grew up after the end of the Cold War might find it useful. For those of us who...

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At a IWM talk on the Atomic Bomb & Cold War that the never in service TSR2 would have made the ideal platform to release from, it being fast & agile and in under the radar before dropping its payload and heading home.
 

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LE
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At a IWM talk on the Atomic Bomb & Cold War that the never in service TSR2 would have made the ideal platform to release from, it being fast & agile and in under the radar before dropping its payload and heading home.
This book compellingly trashes that argument - and indeed the entire concept of air delivered nukes (excepting B-52 and those with stand off missiles). TSR2 was largely a jet without a purpose due to SAM-2 and Polaris.
 
This book compellingly trashes that argument - and indeed the entire concept of air delivered nukes (excepting B-52 and those with stand off missiles). TSR2 was largely a jet without a purpose due to SAM-2 and Polaris.
Yet we kept the V bombers.
Mind you they did get used in Corporate.
 

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LE
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Yet we kept the V bombers.
We kept them, but switched them to low attack - with benefit of stand off from Blue Steel.
Valliants could not hack low altitude and retired, followed by Victors (converted to tanker). Which left Vulcan.

Arguably (isn't everything) WE177 was not a strategic weapon. Yield in tens of KT, not MT
 

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LE
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as did Buccaneers.
And Jaguars

And for that matter Lance and some tube artillery of calibre>- 155mm

But this was all; WE177 tactical nuclear stuff (for planes) and lower yields for tube artillery. Megaton level city busting (which is what the Blue Steel missile was for) was no longer a RAF role.
 

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