USS Nebraska successfully launches Trident II D5 missiles
- April 2, 2018
The US Navy has successfully launched two Trident II D5 Life Extension (LE) missiles from its submarine USS Nebraska.
The unarmed test missiles were launched as part of Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO) 28 in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California.
Lockheed Martin Navy Strategic Programmes vice-president Eric Scherff said: “In addition to certifying the submarine and crew for patrol, the test launch collected valuable data about the performance of the D5 Life Extension missile configuration.
“Instead of warheads, the missiles carried test kits and instrumentation to give us troves of information about flight and subsystem performance.
“The joint government and industry team will use this data to assess performance and to inform maintenance and sustainment plans for the upgraded Trident missile fleet for decades to come.”
The Trident II D5 missile is the latest and advanced submarine-launched fleet ballistic missile to be used by the US Navy.
DASO-28 increased the Trident II D5 record to 167 successful test launches since design completion in 1989 – the most reliable test record for a large ballistic missile.