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Sorry mate, I was talking about the graphic, different views and I might have a go at a CAD visual/3d model.
Ah I get you now!
Yes, I was wondering if it was an official drawing or something mocked up by an artist.
 

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Something that i've noticed on the French SSBN is there is a gap between two sets of 8 missiles, what do the French have in that gap that the RN and USN dont have on their SSBN?

It's some kind of auxiliary engineering section: https://www.defense.gouv.fr/marine/.../les-sous-marins-nucleaires-lanceurs-d-engins

Another inboard arrangement drawing that I saw a long time ago (but can't find any more) was more specific, calling it the "verticale électrique". So it's likely a centralized electrical system compartment, the idea apparently being silencing, as indicated by this oblique reference in an article on safety: https://www.academiedemarine.com/documents/MINERVE et EURYDICE.pdf

(it is described as being insulated from the hull)
 

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The review indicates that the stockpile will be allowed to rise from 180 to a maximum of 260 (pending parliamentary approval of course).
The rationale seems to be “in recognition of the evolving security environment” and is “A minimum, credible, independent nuclear deterrent, assigned to the defence of Nato, remains essential in order to guarantee our security and that of our allies.”
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...ear-warhead-stockpile-to-rise-by-more-than-40

Of course everyone will soon pipe up doubting whether a US silo, US missile and US warhead can ever be truly independent. I suppose it will count towards our 2% contribution to NATO too so will beef up the contribution considerably in cash value.
 

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Of course everyone will soon pipe up doubting whether a US silo, US missile and US warhead can ever be truly independent. I suppose it will count towards our 2% contribution to NATO too so will beef up the contribution considerably in cash value.
That bit at least, will be British, although it will share a design with the US warhead.

Of course the same was true of Polaris.
 

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Hmmmm..... I'm not sure I trust the Guardian on this topic one bit.

Sustainment of warheads means the headline figures are not the numbers available for fitting to Trident.
 

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Out of the 180 stockpile now around 120 are operational (so they say), so its likely out of 260 they should have around 200 operational, that's 40 Tridents with 5 warheads each, enough for 3 boat loads.

Let's be honest though, the government is raising the cap by 40%, its not actually committing to the maximum number (and Johnson seems to have indicated the govenrment will stop publicly reporting stockpile and operational figures).
 

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