Your HometownMilitary


US adds 'low yield' nuclear weapon to its submarine arsenal

Submarine Port Visits
Posted at 7:49 AM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 07:51:50-05

The Pentagon's top policy official tells The Associated Press that the United States for the first time has deployed the newest addition to its nuclear arsenal — a submarine-launched weapon that the Trump administration says will make nuclear war less likely.

Congressional critics call the weapon a dangerous and unnecessary addition.

The deployment fulfills a Pentagon promise announced two years ago this month to produce and field a so-called “low yield” warhead atop a Trident ballistic missile carried aboard strategic submarines in the Atlantic and Pacific.

The stated purpose of adding this weapon is to counter Russia's nuclear war-fighting strategy.