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Nuclear Diplomacy and the Special RelationshipBritain's Deterrent and America, 1957–1962$
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Ian Clark

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198273707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273707.001.0001

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

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

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(p.251) 8 Strategy, the Services, and Weapon Systems (ii): Skybolt and Polaris
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Nuclear Diplomacy and the Special Relationship
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Ian Clark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273707.003.0009

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

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