Phillp Coyle, a Senior Science Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, said that besides the Trident’s better guidance system that improves accuracy, they are constantly being built and improved upon.
“If you gave anyone in the military a choice between a Minuteman and a Trident, they would take the Trident,” he said.
To put the power of the Trident II in context, the hydrogen bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (one of which was ironically nicknamed the “Little Boy”) had a yield of 15 kilotons and 20 kilotons of TNT, according to Live Science.
Let’s say that President Donald Trump gives the OK to nuke Russia (unlikely for various reasons, I know, but go with me here) and the U.S. Navy fires every single missile from its Ohio-class subs; it would only take one minute to fire them. Moscow would have to figure out a way to stop the onslaught. The problem is that they couldn’t. No one could.