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How to arm a British nuclear bomb Answered

All you need is a single bike-lock key - no codes, no Presidential authorisation.

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chooseausername (author)2007-11-15

That's still more safe than a simple push-button =o]

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darus67 (author)chooseausername2007-12-07

Push to arm. Release to detonate.

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Goodhart (author)darus672007-12-07

Kind of like the Javascript commands: mousedown and mouseup events :-)

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royalestel (author)2007-11-15

Holy heck. You Brits really are crazy. Of all the idiotic, stupid, short-sighted imperial ideal leftovers this has got to be tops. I'm stunned. I can hardly believe it.

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NachoMahma (author)royalestel2007-11-16

. I assume that the things are stored in VERY high security areas, which would (hopefully) mean that even if you had the key, it would be hard to use it w/o permission. Not all Brits are as crazy as Kiteman. heehee

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Kiteman (author)royalestel2007-11-16

Lookit! If I turn the power dial up to 11, and the timer down to zero and turn this key I get a really bi...

FLASH!

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2007-11-16

This is in the wrong thread then.....the one on Flash/bangs is down a couple of spots. :-)

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Kiteman (author)NachoMahma2007-11-16

This is an article about the bombs used to be armed. They use codes like everybody else, now.

(Oh, and the airforce just used to keep their bombs in hangars on normal air-bases, and any sailor with an agenda and access to a gun would have been able to get at the nukes stored on submarines. Thank goodness they installed codes before somebody invented "war on terror").

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NachoMahma (author)Kiteman2007-11-16

> the airforce just used to keep their bombs in hangars . OIC. Then royalestel is right, you are ALL crazy! . Mind the gap.

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Or maybe they are simply really very reliable. =o)

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Goodhart (author)2007-11-15

Ok, admittedly, I expected to see a pic of a Nuke with arms on it.....interesting.

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twhaley (author)2007-11-15

I always wondered how they did that.

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Vendigroth (author)2007-11-15

Oh my... Next thing we hear, Trident'll me re-built out of old tin cans.

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The Stig (author)2007-11-15

I'd prefer that British nuclear warheads couldn't be activated by "Presidential" authorisation.

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Kiteman (author)The Stig2007-11-15

LOL!

I meant, of course, prime ministerial, but I was comparing our old "system" to the US system.

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