Growing fears over a plot by Islamic State (ISIS), China, Russia or North Korea to interfere with the UK’s military has prompted a major review of security policy.
After a high level warning last year that the UK’s nuclear weapons could be wiped out by hackers, the stockpile will now be upgraded to counter emerging threats.
The US-built Trident missile system – Britain’s at-sea nuclear deterrent – will be among the equipment given increased protection under the plan.
Around 225 nuclear warheads are thought to make up Britain’s submarine-based nuclear arsenal.
The Royal Navy has three nuclear-ready submarines in service with plans to replace the ageing fleet with a new generation of underwater deterrents.
Last year former Labour defence secretary Lord Browne warned that UK nuclear weapons could “be rendered obsolete by hackers”.
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