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By Bob Clarke

4 Minute caution is the tale of Britain’s chilly warfare, analysing the half Britain performed in that chilling time. The chilly conflict was once like no different clash but skilled. It used to be greater than a fight among superpowers - it was once a warfare of ideologies, the Capitalistic West and the Communist East. The chilly struggle leached its method into each aspect of British existence, to the level that it used to be probably not thought of a battle in any respect. The interval was once punctuated by means of an fingers race which driven the area to the sting of destruction, as either East and West gathered arsenals of nuclear guns a ways past what will be had to smash, relatively actually, every little thing.

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Britain now had a potential ‘bomber gap’ to add to her problems. By 1968 the Victors had taken up new roles, primarily as tankers, and by December 1970 Blue Steel was decommissioned. The deterrent mantle passed to the Navy and the RAF was left to develop a theatre nuclear role. Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) became the weapons of choice for both superpowers during the Cold War. The ground silos of the ICBMs were all well documented through years of satellite reconnaissance and the majority could be destroyed if struck first, but the submarine was a completely different situation altogether.

The Radar Systems Four principle radar systems were used in Rotor 1: Chain Home, Chain Home Extra Low, Centimetric Early Warning and Ground Control Intercept. The majority of which were upgraded wartime systems, but continuous development by Marconi and other British and American companies ensured that the system specification was in a constant state of flux. Chain Home Chain Home had its beginnings before the outbreak of the Second World War. Developed at Orfordness and Bawdsey, it went on to be the backbone of British air defence throughout the period.

Rolls Royce were to develop and produce the motor and the Sperry Gyroscope Company the inertial guidance system. The Government’s interests were to be protected by the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, who would also investigate the re-entry properties of the vehicle and warhead. Blue Streak was the first time British companies had attempted to build a ballistic missile system and American involvement was, therefore, paramount. The subsequent US/UK ACMDP agreement gave the chosen firms access to American development information covering the main areas of research, including wind tunnel results, motor development, inertial navigation systems and re-entry tests.

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