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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile

Primary Function: Strategic Nuclear Deterrence
Contractor: Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif. 1st and 2nd stage manufactured by Hercules or Morton Thiokol
3rd stage by United Technologies
Unit Cost: $29.1 million (current production)
Power Plant: Three-stage solid-propellant rocket
1st and 2nd stage burn times are 65 seconds each
3rd stage burn time is 40 seconds
Length: 44 feet (13.41 meters)
Weight: 130,000 pounds (58,500 kg)
Diameter: 74 inches (1.85 meters)
Range: 6,000nm (6,900mi; 11,000km)
Greater than 4,000 nautical miles (4,600 statute miles, or 7,360 km)
Guidance System: Inertial
  • Thermonuclear MIRV (Multiple Independently Targetable re-entry Vehicle)
  • 8 W88 300-475 kiloton MIRVs in a solid-fuel Mk 5 PBV
  • download to 5 RVs planned under START 2
  • Circular Error Probable (CEP) reportedly as low as 0.07 NM (120 m)
    Date Deployed: 1990

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