U.S. Navy seek to lower the costs for the development of promising SSBN SSBN (X) for the substitution of strategic submarines of class «Ohio» through the introduction of technology shock submarine «Virginia», reports DoD BUZZ September 27 with reference to high-ranking representatives of the fleet.
The Navy has brought adjustments in the program with a view to reduce the cost, said the director of submarine warfare systems of the U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Richard Brekenbridzh (Richard Breckenridge) in an interview with Military.com.
12 promising SSBN submarines should change 14 «Ohio». Development is carried out in a boat of Electric Boat, a division of General Dynamics. Five-year R & D work have price 1.85 billion U.S. dollars. Less design works price of one SSBN should reach 4.9 billion dollars (previously cited cost 5.4 billion dollars). Construction head SSBN should begin in 2021.
Brand new SSBN will have 16 SLBM launchers compared with 24 boats «Ohio», fueling nuclear power plant is done only once before putting the Navy, the design life of the submarine ’42 (SSBN «Ohio» during the operation of nuclear fuel to refuel a couple of times) . Number of new SSBN — 12 units — calculated at the low requirements in this component of the Navy’s strategic nuclear deterrent. On the boat, namely, spherical antenna will be used to fade, mast / periscope optical fiber transmission bandwidth data, high-definition camera, remote control with touch panels and joysticks used on submarines «Virginia».
In the future, the number of combat patrols SSBN U.S. Navy will surpass 4000, Breckenridge said. «Have we a 1960s naval strategic components vosprepyadstvovalo outbreak of a major war involving nuclear weapons and gave high guarantees the security of our country,» said Rear Admiral. Meanwhile, the Russian Navy and China are building new SSBN nuclear weapon warned Breckenridge.
«Submarines are virtually flawless second-strike weapon, they provide a potential counterattack under all circumstances. Sea-based missiles are more accurate than ICBMs, and significantly more effective than strategic bombers, «says vice president for defense and foreign policy research at the Cato Institute (Washington, DC) Chris Preble (Chris Preble).