Using advanced technology in propellants, micro-electronics and new weight-saving materials, the Trident I C4 missile incorporated the multiple independently-targeted vehicle capability of its predecessor Poseidon and provided a range of more than 4,000 nautical miles with a full payload.


Designation Trident C-4 UGM-96A
Ship Class Used On Ohio Class SSBN-726 (24 missiles)
Backfitted to some Benjamin Franklin SSBN-640 (16 missiles)
Date In Service 1979
Weight 70,000 lbs. (31,750 kg)
Dimensions 74 X 408 in (188 X 1,036 cm)
Payload Eight 100 kt Mark 4 MIRV
Range 4,350 nm
Propulsion 2 stage solid fuel rocket


Data from:

  • Lockheed-Martin Missile and Space
  • "The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems 1991/92" by Norman Friedman
  • US Navy Fact File

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