If Russia was desperate enough to NUKE London and other large cities, what would be the UK’s response?

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Russian state TV simulated a terrifying nuclear strike on Europe, declaring there would be ‘no survivors’ in a TV rant in response to UK support for Ukraine.

Putin propagandists on TV recreated nuclear strikes on three European capitals, claiming the nukes would hit Paris, Berlin, and London in around 200 seconds, Mick Griffin recalled.

It was hosted by wife and husband Olga Skabeyeva and Evgeny Popov with guest Aleksey Zhuravlyov who said: ‘One Sarmat [missile] and that’s it – the British Isles are no more.’


Skabeyeva then pointed out that the UK had nuclear weapons as well and ‘no one will survive this war’.

All through the cold war the doctrine of M.A.D. Mutually Assured Destruction keep both sides safe, even during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 (also known as the October Crisis of 1962) when the Russians eventually backed down.

Since the 1950s the UK relied on the RAFs V Force to defend itself and deliver nuclear deterrent.

Today this is carried on by the Vanguard-class submarine.

The Vanguard-Class is made up of four hulls, the HMS Vanguard, HMS Victorious, HMS Vigilant, and HMS Vengeance, all of which entered service with the United Kingdom in the 1990s.

The Vanguard-class submarines are equipped with 16 ballistic missile tubes.

After the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review the Royal Navy now only loads eight of the missile tubes with the Trident II D5 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM), each armed with up to eight nuclear warheads in the 100 kiloton range.

260 warheads available

The UK has limited this based on a stockpile of 180 nuclear warheads, but Boris Johnson government increased this to 260 warheads available for the national stockpile.

Each submarine therefore has around 60 warheads, and is capable of laying waste to that many targets, effectively having the ability to collapse an entire nation by itself.

Sixty or more targets going up in flames will be beyond the ability of any nation – including Russia – to survive.

The Royal Navy has four such submarines, ready 24 hours a day 365 day a year with at least one lurking somewhere and in a time of crisis, all four might be quietly out to sea.

The response of the ‘UK’ by itself would result in the deaths of millions of Russians and the collapse of Russia into a bunch of disconnected regions struggling to survive in a radioactive devastated landscape.

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UK will not need NATO`s permission to use independent nuclear deterrent.

The Vanguard-class is due to be retired by the late 2020s or early 2030s by the newer Dreadnought-class, though the Trident missile system will be carried over to the Dreadnoughts, remaining in service till the 2060s or even later.

The problem with this type of deterrent is the subs cannot stay at sea indefinitely, while a patrol is around 90 days it can be extended up to a five month patrol and this is probably the normal length, but in the end the crew will run out of food.

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