Report: Nevada test of new warhead
Mar 12, 2006, 18:54 GMT
LONDON, England (UPI) -- A test in the U.S. southwest
codenamed Operation Krakatoa was part of an effort to
develop a new British nuclear weapon, the Sunday Times
Both Britain and the United States are in pursuit of a
Reliable Replacement Warhead, an effort that might
violate the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the
London newspaper said, citing sources on both sides of
'The argument made for Reliable Replacement Warhead is
that you can have your cake and eat it,' a U.S.
official said. 'We have our new warheads and we don`t
have to test them.'
Britain has been acquiring supercomputers, laser
systems and scientists for its Atomic Weapons
Establishment near Aldermaston.
'We have been investing in the best young scientists
coming out of the nuclear physics departments at
British universities,' a British official said.
'Watching the AWE scientists standing next to their
U.S. counterparts it was noticeable how young they
The test in Nevada was Britain`s second sub-critical
one in 10 years. The Times said that its open purpose
was to make sure that the warheads now deployed on
Trident submarines will function, the test was also
part of the effort for the Reliable Replacement.