U.S. Navy approved the main requirements for a promising strategic nuclear submarine SSBN (X), which will have to change the obsolete submarine type «Ohio». As reported by Defence Aerospace, a document containing requirements for submarine, signed the project manager Brogem Captain William (William Brougham) and Deputy Head of the development of marine systems and shipbuilding Command U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Thomas Eccles (Thomas Eccles).
The signed document, namely, contains promising characteristics of the ship, as the requirements for the launcher of ICBMs, designed for four mines. Such an attitude will be put on the promising British submarines, which will have to change the existing strategic ships like «Vanguard». Which directly specifications it comes, is not specified. SSBN (X) will be required to serve in the U.S. Navy before the 2080s.
Currently, the U.S. Navy submarines are 14 types of «Ohio». They plan to change the 12 new SSBN (X), construction of the first of which will begin in 2021. U.S. Navy will receive SSBN (X) in 2027, and combat use of the ship will begin in 2031 after intense testing and evaluation applets. Price construction of one submarine SSBN (X) based on the design is estimated at 11.7 billion dollars. Funding for the project began in 2012.
South American project details have not been disclosed. Presumably, the first step of SSBN (X) will be armed with ballistic missiles Trident II D5LE (Life Extension, missiles with extended life), and multi-purpose cruise missiles Tomahawk. Expected lifetime of one submarine will be 40 years. New nuclear reactors ships will not pursue charge in the medium over the lifetime of SSBN (X). Subs get 16 missile silos for ballistic missiles (for «Ohio» — 24 mines).
Earlier, the U.S. Navy announced that the SSBN (X) should be equipped with the most modern equipment and technology that would ensure them an advantage in the college throughout the lifetime.