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U.S. tests four ballistic missiles over week

The aim was to check the characteristics of the systems
10:06, 7 September 2019

Trident II ballistic missile
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The USA has tested four unarmed ballistic missiles during the last week. The launches were not the response to occasions in the world; they were supposed to check the characteristics of the systems. The press service of the United States Navy reported that.

The first two launches took place on September 4. The unarmed Trident II (D5) missiles from USS Nebraska (SSBN-739) were tested. An Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine was launched on September 6 off the coast of Southern California.

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In the result of testings, the Trident II (D5) strategic weapon system was extended to late 2040s. 

"A credible, effective nuclear deterrent is essential to our national security and the security of U.S. allies," the report reads.

"The nuclear deterrence mission is the Department of Defense's No. 1 priority, and for the U.S. Navy that means not only maintaining our current capability, but also developing the next generation of Trident missiles and shipboard strategic weapon system that will ensure a credible sea-based deterrent for the next 40 years and beyond," director of the Navy's Strategic Systems Programs Johnny R. Wolfe explained. 

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