Navy's Block V Virginia-class submarines enhance offensive missile capabilities for land-attack operations

Dec. 11, 2019
Eight of the Block V deal will have new 80-foot weapons sections in the boat that enables the submarine to increase its attack missile capacity.

WASHINGTON – Bringing massive amounts of firepower closer to enemy targets, conducting clandestine intelligence missions in high threat waters and launching undersea attack and surveillance drones are all anticipated missions for the Navy’s emerging Block V Virginia-class attack submarines. Kris Osborn at Warrior Maven reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

11 Dec. 2019 -- The boats, nine of which are surging ahead through a new developmental deal between the Navy and General Dynamics Electric Boat, are reshaping submarine attack strategies and concepts of operations -- as rivals make gains challenging U.S. undersea dominance.

Eight of the new 22-billion Block V deal are being engineered with a new 80-foot weapons section in the boat that enables the submarine to increase its attack missile capacity from 12 to 40 on-board Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The Navy reports also that the Virginia Block V attack submarines will incorporate acoustic superiority design changes to conceal the new boats from enemy sonar.

Related: Navy orders nine new Virginia-class submarines with additional missile tubes for enhanced undersea warfare

Related: General Dynamics to upgrade submarine combat system software aboard attack and missile boats

Related: Navy finishes upgrade on USS Ohio, first ballistic missile submarine converted to a guided-missile boat

John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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