'Deterrent Lite' A Look at Britain's and France's Nuclear Arsenals

For Great Britain and France, the possession of nuclear weapons is a question of national pride, but neither country wants to eliminate its deterrent in the future. For cost reasons alone, though, the countries' arsenals are expected to shrink in the coming years.
The British nuclear submarine HMS Astute can carry up to 48 nuclear warheads.

The British nuclear submarine HMS Astute can carry up to 48 nuclear warheads.

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