nuclear delivery vehicle

nuclear delivery vehicle

That portion of the weapon system which provides the means of delivery of a nuclear weapon to the target.
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Former Pentagon official Mark Schneider said the test of the underwater nuclear delivery vehicle poses a new strategic threat.
The Wu-14, for one, was clearly designed as a nuclear delivery vehicle meant to break through U.
The B-1 served exclusively as a nuclear delivery vehicle through 1991, carrying short-range attack missiles and gravity bombs.
to 5,916 nuclear warheads on 1,188 strategic nuclear delivery vehicles.
Indian journalist Raj Chengappa claimed that India had activated its Nuclear Delivery Vehicles to alert level 3 meaning that some nuclear missiles could be mated with nuclear weapons in short notice.
As such, the first step of the year-long Nuclear Posture Review was an extensive analysis which, among other things, determined how many nuclear delivery vehicles and deployed warheads were needed.
START I permitted each side 6,000 warheads on 1,600 strategic nuclear delivery vehicles (SNDVs) or launchers.
It provided for numerical limits including an equal aggregate limit on strategic nuclear delivery vehicles, launchers of MIR Ved ICBMs, and heavy bombers with long-range cruise missiles.
In the past, Canada has permitted flight tests in Canadian airspace of the AGM-86B air-launched cruise missile and AGM 129A Advanced Cruise Missile, both of which are strategic nuclear delivery vehicles in current operational service.
In its latest incarnation--National Missile Defense (NMD)--the program has been scaled back from Reagan's vision of a multitiered defense that could fend off thousands of Soviet nuclear delivery vehicles to the seemingly more realistic goal of intercepting a handful of missiles launched in error or by a so-called "rogue state" like Iraq or North Korea.
As nuclear delivery vehicles, they have been deployed with the command and control systems needed to allow for prompt decision making and prompt launch during a crisis.
The United States does not, however, have to indicate how many warheads are deployed on each missile; it can simply have to declare a total number of operationally deployed warheads on all of its strategic nuclear delivery vehicles.

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