The US Built A New Submarine The World Is Afraid Of
While nuclear power seems for many to be a fairly modern innovation, research on nuclear marine propulsion started way back in the 1940’s. In fact, the first nuclear-powered submarine took its maiden voyage in 1955. Since then, the tech, range, power and capabilities of these nuclear vessels have improved exponentially. So, what is the latest in the world of nuclear-powered marine vessels and what can we predict on the horizon?
In this episode we are going to learn all about the latest generation of nuclear-powered ships and take a guess on what leaps we’ll make in the future.
The US Builds A New Submarine The World Is Afraid Of
When you think of the most impressive assets in the U.S. Military arsenal; stealth bombers, destroyers, and tanks are probably what first come to mind. But now we might just radically shift your perspective. New attack submarines are being built for the U.S. Military, in particular, the Virginia-Class Block V Submarines which are not only powerful, but have nuclear attack capabilities…
The Virginia class, also known as the SSN-774 class, is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the United States Navy.
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Virginia-class #Submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. They were conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf-class attack submarines, designed during the Cold War era. They are replacing older Los Angeles-class submarines, many of which have already been decommissioned. Virginia-class submarines will be acquired through 2043, and are expected to remain in service past 2060. Based on recent updates to the designs, some of the Virginia-class submarines are expected to still be in service in 2070.
Type: Nuclear attack submarine
Operators: United States #Navy
Preceded by: Seawolf class
Cost: $2.688 billion per unit (FY2016)
In commission: 2004–present
General Dynamics Electric Boat
Newport News Shipbuilding
Length: 114.91 m
Beam: 10.36 m
Displacement: 7,900 t
40 weapons, special operations forces, unmanned undersea vehicles, Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS)
The S9G nuclear reactor delivering 40,000 shaft horse power. Nuclear core life estimated at 33 years.
greater than 240 m, allegedly around 490 m.
Complement: 135 (15:120)
Greater than 46 km/h allegedly up to 65 km/h
Only limited by food and maintenance requirements.
about US$1.65 billion each (based on FY95 dollars, 30-boat class and two boat/year build-rate)
US$1.5 billion (in 1994 prices), US$2.6 billion (in 2012 prices)
Annual operating cost: $50 million per unit
Crew: 120 enlisted and 14 officers