"Under-sea Drones" Could Make Trident Obsolete, Says Labour

By Gary Cutlack on at

The latest furore surrounding those nuclear weapons that we wave about but never use has one MP saying they might be outdated before their 30-year lifespan is up, with new technologies possibly rendering submarine defences useless in the near future.

That's according to one "anti" element within the Labour party, with shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry saying that renewing Trident and committing to spending in excess of £100 billion on keeping the UK's nuclear deterrent running over its 30-year lifespan is slightly unwise.

Suggesting that drones and new detection technologies might make it much easier to detect and neutralise the submarine deterrent over the coming years, Thornberry said: "The idea of the Trident replacement is that it can hide in the sea -- if technology is moving faster than that then it may well be that Trident is not able to hide."

She also told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that: "If that’s right and we are to bet everything on mutually assured destruction then we have to be assured that it’s going to work. If it can't hide any more that is a problem," warning that submersible enemy drones are but one hurdle Trident might face. [Independent]

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