Strategy, the Services, and Weapon Systems (ii): Skybolt and Polaris

Ian Clark

in Nuclear Diplomacy and the Special Relationship

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198273707
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684067 | DOI:

Series: Nuclear History Program

Strategy, the Services, and Weapon Systems (ii): Skybolt and Polaris

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This chapter focuses on the new contender for the mantle of the British deterrent, Skybolt. The idea of extending the useful range, and hence life, of the V-bombers by giving them a stand-off capability had been pursued since the early 1950s and was embodied in the programmes for the Blue Steel powered-bomb and its long-range Mark II variant. Skybolt seemed to offer additional range, the flexibility associated with the bomber and a price that could be afforded.

Keywords: Skybolt; Blue Steel; stand-off capability; range; flexibility

Chapter.  17382 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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