U.S. Navy developing innovatorskuyu promising propulsion for nuclear submarines. Brand new nuclear power plant will actually be silent and be able to operate 50 years without recharging.
The submarine, which will change the existing missile submarines of class «Ohio» get very latest nuclear power plant without a manual. This will make the engine work noiseless and probable combination with water jet (pump-jet) will allow to make the submarine virtually inaudible. In addition, the reactor newest submarine able to operate on one tank of 50 years, in other words, the lifetime of the submarine.
Energy reactor in the newest submarine will not go through the box from the turbines to propellers, both in the modern submarines. Instead, the reactor will produce electricity, which will go into the grid submarine. It is not only reduce noise (for submarines is the main factor unmasks), and will allow the reactor to take more energy. Currently, 75 to 80% of the power reactor nuclear submarine used for movement. In the newest submarine will have more free capacity that will allow to use more massive sonars, latest electronics and drones.
Modern submarine class «Ohio» in real time are the most massive weapon on the planet: the displacement of almost 19 tons, two turbines of 30 thousand hp, 24 ballistic missiles Trident II (D5) with a dozen warheads each, or 154 cruise missiles BGM-109 » Tomahawk. «
Currently, the U.S. Navy has 14 submarines «Ohio» 24 ballistic missile submarines converted 4 more cruise missiles in the media. New submarines of this type are not built and the extension of their service life to 2080 is unlikely to be.
Brand new submarine will be far superior. With all this work for a long time one filling will allow to manage a total of 12 submarines. Hard to say whether the Pentagon will be able to build such a ship in the criteria of budget cuts — the price cut missile with 7.8 billion dollars to 4.9 billion dollars per unit.