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One of the more significant rationales behind the development of the Polaris SLBM system in the early 1960s was the recognition that the effectiveness of strategic bombers depended almost totally upon the degradation of Soviet air defenses.
These weapons are both more accurate and deadly than the submarines and SLBMs fielded a decade ago.
The British satirical television series Yes Prime Minister once quipped that the original UGM-133A SLBM was "the nuclear missile Harrod's would sell.
In July 2009 India had integrated the Sagarika SLBM with Arihant nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) during sea trials.
that the ICBM force provides responsiveness, the SLBM force provides
But the problem for Beijing is that this high-performance radar can track Beijing's ICBM and SLBM launches.
The primary advantage of the SLBM force is its likely survivability from a rival's surprise first strike.
strategic posture by providing a conventional weapon that possesses the same speed, range, and ability to penetrate air defenses as a nuclear-armed ICBM or SLBM.
Also limits number of deployed and non-deployed ICBM launchers, SLBM launchers and heavy bomber equipped for nuclear armaments to 800
Acronyms and Abbreviations ATT Arms Trade Treaty CARICOM Caribbean Community CPA Comprehensive Peace Agreement (Sudan) CRS Congressional Research Service (US) DRC Democratic Republic of Congo ICBM Intercontinental ballistic missile IMPACS Implementation Agency on Crime and Security (CARICOM) New START New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (US/Russia) NGO Nongovernmental organization RIB-IN Regional Integrated Ballistic Information Network SIPRI Stockholm International Peace Research Institute SLBM Submarine-launched ballistic missile UNROCA United Nations Register of Conventional Arms
On the yet-to-be-destroyed or neutralized list are 6,500 nuclear warheads, 850 ICBMs, 350 ICBM silos, 400 SLBMs, 300 SLBM launchers, 19 nuclear missile submarines, 5,400 tons of nerve agents, 34,000 tons of chemical agents.
An upper boundary of 1,550 deployed warheads; Up to 700 deployed ICBMs, deployed SLBMs and nuclear-capable heavy bombers; and Up to 800 deployed and non-deployed ICBM launchers, SLBM launchers and heavy bombers equipped for nuclear armaments.
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