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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

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

Ian Clark

Oxford University Press

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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