Avro’s Blue Steel nuclear standoff missile was intended to provide the RAF’s V bombers with a viable, long-serving weapons option but was instead quickly superseded. Michael E Haskew profiles the tortuous development of Britain’s early 1960s nuclear deterrent. Michael E Haskew profiles the tortuous development of Britain’s early 1960s nuclear deterrent
As superpower relations deteriorated during the early Cold War, nuclear deterrence became the order of the day. Initially, it was a capability that, while expensive, was relatively simple to deploy. A capable bomber force and unguided gravity bombs were all that was required. However, as relations slipped further into deep freeze, the technology, especially within the foremost military powers, marched on.