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An unnamed official in the US has confirmed the test was a failure and the missile auto destructed.

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Britain's Sunday Times newspaper reported that the missile veered towards the US coast, but the US official told CNN that this trajectory was part of an automatic self-destruct sequence. The official said the missile diverted into the ocean -- an automatic procedure when missile electronics detect an anomaly.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/23/europe/trident-missile-failure-theresa-may/
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Army Projects / Re: M-1 Replacement
« Last post by Kat Tsun on Today at 09:28:23 am »
http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1745414-army-plans-new-tank-after-abrams-2030s
If the tank is to be replaced it only logically follows the reintroduction of a family of vehicles and thus the return of some form of FCS program.

We can only hope not, unless you mean TARDEC's Future Combat System but that was just a 40-ton tank in the vein of Block III. AOE and FXXI eras' Light-Heavy dichotomy is the closest the US Army has ever come to perfection. Scrapping all thoughts of air-mechanization and starting from a line of thinking explicitly recognizing the need for both +50 ton heavy forces and light infantry in tandem would be a better move, which is apparently what the US Army is doing in this time of austerity.

Something more like SPz Puma and less like FCS MGVs would be a better starting point for a future American tank. Or Block III again.
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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Project Hazel
« Last post by flateric on Today at 09:23:13 am »
Dynoman, thank you for sharing
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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Project Hazel
« Last post by hesham on Today at 07:29:39 am »
And;
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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Project Hazel
« Last post by hesham on Today at 07:28:49 am »
Brilliant and amazing find my dear Dynoman,

this Convair ZP-266 is new,and we can put it here.
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What kind of failure was it then?   ???

It surely has to be something quite obvious - range safety cock-up, incorrect launch navigation data, or an incident the missile pre-launch that was reported/noted but not thought to be serious.

Winds in excess of predictions that pushed the missile outside of the corridor.

Huh.  I'd think an SLBM would be designed to cope with winds as they wouldn't have the luxury of waiting for good weather in a war.
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Safety margins acceptable in wartime may not be acceptable in a peacetime test. And even in wartime, there's bound to be a hard limit somewhere in the system.
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