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Trident D5 Missile Reliability Record Reaches 142 Successful Test Flights Since 1989
Lockheed Martin ^ | 31 May 2012

Posted on 06/01/2012 2:40:02 PM PDT by moonshot925

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 31, 2012 – The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights April 14 and 16 of four Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles (FBMs) built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]. The Navy launched two unarmed missiles each day from the submerged submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) in the Atlantic Ocean.

These tests marked the 139th, 140th, 141st and 142st successful test flights of the Trident II D5 missile since design completion in 1989 – a reliability record unmatched by any other large ballistic missile or space launch vehicle.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 142; flights; missile; trident


1 posted on 06/01/2012 2:40:15 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

Still 7 or 8 on the platform? I thought we were reduced to 3-per.

BTW, I wasn’t talking about the real Typhoons the other day. Not surprised they’re being retired since they got very little sea-time the last 10 years or so. It was the one with the fake radiation alarm. ;)


2 posted on 06/01/2012 2:45:06 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: moonshot925

I rode “boomers” for 20 years. Will Rogers, Georgia (pre conversion) and Alaska. Test launches are fun for the crew.


3 posted on 06/01/2012 2:46:17 PM PDT by j_tull (Massachusetts once lead the American Revolution. Under Mitt Romney, it lead the demise.)
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To: moonshot925
Plenty of success is a "good thing" for the engineers/management.

Obtaining similar levels of performance when 10's of millions of parts have been produced is a whole different game.

4 posted on 06/01/2012 2:48:46 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: j_tull

What does it sound/feel like when one of those is launched?


5 posted on 06/01/2012 2:50:37 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: F15Eagle

4 or 5 warheads per missile. W76 or (100 KT) or W88 (475 KT) The other re-entry vehicles are used as decoys.

The Typhoons are way too expensive to maintaine. They are three times larger than the Ohios.


6 posted on 06/01/2012 2:52:19 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925
That is so cool!

Personally I like riding the wind powerless. ; )

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7 posted on 06/01/2012 3:03:23 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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at one time i worked for the company that made the star tracking camera that gave the Trident a known position at apogee

there are three stars it needs to find to know where it is in space and if it can't find them, there are two more sets of three stars it can look for

it knew where it was when it left the tube and after finding the stars and aligning itself to them, it knows where it is, from then on it can calculate where it's going to land

the cameras were so powerful that they could find an object the size of a basketball, painted black, at 23,000 miles

and it did it not by seeing the object, but from the absence of light behind it...

i still have one of the cutaway cameras encased in Lexan used for show and tell, after they no longer made the cameras, they were simply going to throw it away!

8 posted on 06/01/2012 3:51:01 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: moonshot925

NOTU rocks!!! For a good triple-take, be driving up A1A when a sub on the Eastern Range lights the candle on two of these puppies at the same time.


9 posted on 06/01/2012 4:34:43 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Extraneous Wind sends ...)
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To: piytar

It “moves” the 18,000 ton submarine. If you didn’t know what was going on, you’d thing something really bad just happened to the boat.


10 posted on 06/01/2012 5:43:06 PM PDT by j_tull (Massachusetts once lead the American Revolution. Under Mitt Romney, it lead the demise.)
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