June 1 today, came into operation last nuclear attack submarines USS Mississippi Virginia class (SSN-782). 7800-ton boat cost more than $ 2 billion has a length of 114.9 meters and 10.36 meters in width. Its highest speed of over 27 knots and (50 kph), and it can dive to a depth of over 240 meters (800 feet).
Shock submarine Mississippi is designed to perform both conventional and non-standard tasks. Under the classical anti-ship and anti-submarine assumed operations that can make submarines using cruise missiles, Tomahawk Land Attack (12 vertical launchers) and advanced MK-48 torpedoes (four 533 mm torpedo tubes), the deployment of mobile minutes.
But also brand new submarines capable of carrying and special operations that are difficult for most of its predecessors. Of particular interest is its unsurpassed ability and special operational stealth reconnaissance operations in the maritime areas of the enemy. NPS Mississippi has reduced acoustic visibility, enhancing its ability to mine and torpedo. Also submarines armed with the most advanced electronic warfare system, advanced data processing system and advanced control systems. In general, the submarine was equipped with brand new set of advanced tools of observation and intelligence, created to support the mundane, and asymmetric operations with irregular armed groups around the world.
Mississippi submarine can operate in shallow waters to support Special Forces mission — transportation and deployment of special forces mc also concrete possibility of landing divers. Ability to work in Mississippi so called «muddy waters» or lie in hostile coastal areas, special design also allows you to use unmanned underwater vehicles, enabling it to be an effective platform for covert special operations, particularly in low-intensity conflicts or highly secret missions.
Virginia reactors are designed so they do not require refueling during the 33 years old and capable of generating capacity of 40,000 horsepower to drive submarine traffic and electricity supply a crew of 132 people. Mississippi is the ninth of 10 submarines «Block II» Virginia class. The only difference 4 Block II boats are some of the least expensive ways of their construction. It is planned to build eight boats Block III with the introduction of certain configurations in the design and implementation of new technologies.
U.S. Navy at the present time a 3-classes of submarines. Most of them make up the 6900-ton class submarine Los Angeles. Total was built sixty two of these submarines, and 41 are still in service. Armed with 4 21-inch (533-mm) torpedo tubes, they carry June 20 torpedoes / rockets (Mk 48 torpedoes or cruise missiles Tomahawk BGM-109). Last 31 class submarine Los Angeles Key vertical launchers Mk 45 carriers have twelve KR Tomahawk. If they were built now that these latest models class submarine Los Angeles would cost about $ 1.5 billion either.
9000 20 nine-ton class submarine Seawolf had to change class submarine Los Angeles, but the boats were very expensive Seawolf. In the end, only three were built such submarines. Seawolf submarine was designed to cool the war, it carries 50 torpedoes, cruise missiles, Harpoon anti-ship missiles for either eight 26-inch (660 mm) torpedo tubes. Seawolf was faster (maximum speed of over 32 knots, and 60 miles per hour) and even quieter than the boat class Los Angeles. Virginia-class submarines were designed to compensate for the unfinished submarine Seawolf. Virginia class submarines out the size of the submarine Los Angeles, and together a huge number of technologies with Seawolf. With all this Virginia Virginia class submarines cost about two times less than the submarine Seawolf. This was made possible to a large extent thanks to Virginia on a huge number of new technologies developed for Seawolf.
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