Find out about the Trident II D5 ballistic missile which has been successful in trials in the United States

WorldTekhno.comThe US Navy recorded a record 191 test firings of the Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile is a three-stage solid-fueled missile with a range of 7,400 km and a payload of several warheads, including nuclear warheads. The launch was conducted during Demonstration and Shakedown Operation 32 (DASO-32) to confirm the future operational status of the Trident II missile. This launch also demonstrated the strategic patrol readiness of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN 743), its crew and weapons systems.

The Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is a nuclear-powered, submarine-launched ballistic missile. This missile was developed by Lockheed Martin and is operated by the US Navy and the British Royal Navy. Trident II D5 is the world’s most powerful ballistic missile, with a range of up to 12,000 kilometres and a payload of up to 2,800 kilograms.


  • Length: 13.4 metres
  • Diameter: 2.1 metres
  • Weight: 56,000 kilograms
  • Range: 12,000 kilometres
  • Payload: 2,800 kilograms
  • Speed: Mach 24
  • Guidance system: MK 6 astroinertial guidance that can receive Global Positioning System updates

The Trident II D5 can carry up to 14 independent nuclear warheads.
This missile is very difficult to intercept due to its high speed and manoeuvrability.
The Trident II D5 is a key part of the US nuclear triad, along with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and strategic bombers.

Trident II D5 was launched from a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). SSBNs typically patrol underwater for months at a time. In the event of conflict, the SSBN can launch Trident II D5 from the water.

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Trident II D5 is still in service and is expected to remain operational until 2042.


Trident II D5 is a very powerful nuclear weapon. The existence of Trident II D5 raises concerns about the potential for nuclear war.***

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