The navy sets sights on the new sub-weapons

Tomahawk cruise missile being fired.
(Credit: Raytheon)

The Navy has begun the construction of a new weapon, the massive increase of attack options for the Virginia-class attack submarine, in a move that is expected to change as the mission of space for the boats and a wider range of offensive strike capabilities, and the improvement of the Navy, to the armed defense of the surface fleet.

The combat, what is the progress with the prototype for a number of years, and the renewal of the submarines with a new class in order to rev up the power of the 12-to 40-board of a Tomahawk missile. Speaking at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Symposium earlier this year, Capt. Christopher Hanson, Program Manager, Virginia Class Submarine, will be indicated on the formal building-Block-V, will start this year and will continue until at least 2023. Most recently, the construction work has recently been extended by means of a “follow-on” to the deal between the Navy and BAE systems.

In addition to the increased weapons capacity of the Block 5 Virginia submarines will be equipped with a number of mission-run by technology.

Over the years, senior Marine weapons, the developers have agreed to some of the most important areas for the modernisation of focus; these can include coating the materials to make the submarines are stealthier, and new antennas for more range, and more accurate ocean surveillance tasks, and the new “noise” of engine propulsion technology, among other things.

All of these technologies are, in fact, already in existence, the USS South Dakota, attack submarine is the most advanced submarine ever to be delivered to the Navy. The new boat, which is now operational, it began life as a prototype test-bed platform to develop applications for this new technology. What all of this is the USS South Dakota and new innovations, the amount of which is, that, said Hanson, and they have been informed of both the Block is V and the current of conceptual discussions which are now going on with regard to a future generation, a Virginia-class submarine, is now only at the beginning of the conceptual development of the so-called Block II. Block VI according to Spector, it is not expected to materialize until mid-2020.


“Block 5 has a number of peripheral devices that we are developing, which will have to be added to the USS South Dakota. Our hope is that this is still in the Block with V like we have some control over the Block VI is going to look like. We don’t know exactly what is going on, a submarine for 10 years now, but we have to expect that,” said Hanson.

Another area of innovation is very likely to lay a foundation for the Block of Q that contains the Block iii’s “Fly-by-Wire’ controls for the navigation, instead of the use of the power-operated hydraulic controls, Fly-by-Wire system allows the use of a joystick, a digital moving maps and a few changes of computer automation in order to navigate the boat. This means that the computer systems could control the depth and speed of the submarine, while a human remains in a command and control role. It seems almost self-evident, given the rapid pace of advancements in AI and computer automation, that is, the Blocks (V), (VI), it will create a new generation of this type of technology.

Also, according to the Congressional testimony of 2016, referred to in a report of SeaPower magazine, and a former PEO Submarines Rear Adm. Michael E. Jabaley, Jr., the USS South Dakota was provided in a DARPA-developed Hybrid Propulsor “which brings up a new acoustic benefits.”

From a technical and engineering perspective, the Navy is building the submarine, and to enable a modular approach, which is used in the construction of a boat, the software and hardware foundations to adapt when it is needed. For example, while attack submarines are currently in, fire torpedoes and Tomahawks, it is entirely feasible, if not likely, that a new submarine-launched weapons will be in existence 10 years from now.

“It’s all about how we can make a change and to increase their capacity. Power comes in two ways. The design and build of the submarine, and the other part is how to interface requirements to ensure that future capacity can only be at the powerpoint stage, it can be held,” said Hanson.


A Naval War College Review, essay, interesting, and aligned with, Spector’s note: the need to engineer for future technologies to allow easy integration of new systems. In the essay, describing it as “yet-unenvisioned of the equipment will be installed to protect from unknown threats, a claim that is at the core of the switching characteristics of such a car must never be called into question.” (Taken from ‘ The Submarine as a Case Study in Transformation Implications for Future Investment James H. Patton, Jr., 2005)

Also, being a “lone wolf,” a decade ago, the submarine is now almost universally accepted as an important node in the network-centric warfare, the leader of “undersea dominance,” and that is one of the essential elements of Sea Power 21 (as previously stated, the attack on the Navy’s vision is to be the focus of the information dominance,” the 2005 Naval War College Review, essay writing.

With this essay in mind, there is a considerable precedent for this sort of modular approach, to look to the long-term trajectory of the Virginia-class development, so that each Block has included a number of high-impact new technologies are not yet present, and when the last boats were being built. For example, in contrast to the Blocks I, II and iii, the Virginia-class Block III boats, significantly increasing the firepower with the introduction of the so-called Virginia Payload Tubes, adding of the new missile tubes, able to fire 6 Tomahawks each. Block III also includes a new Large Aperture Bow, “horseshoe-shaped” sonar system, which is transitioning from an “air-back” however, the sonar is a “water-to-back array to make it easier to maintain, according to a 2014 report on “NavSource Online.


In the LAB, echo sounder, which makes for a more accurate and longer range than its predecessor, but also the progression of the curve, in that it is introduced as a passive and “active” sonar system. The passive systems have been used in order to essential track, or “listen” to the acoustic ping is to identify the enemy’s movements. This can help to hide a submarine from a position of not transmitting a signal), but the lack of specificity of an active sonar system which provides an audible “ping” to the front. The submarine, the technology, analyze the control signal, to provide a “pay off” of an enemy object, and the contours of the velocity and the distance between them. In principle, the sonar works similar to radar, except it transmits acoustic signals instead of electronic ones.

When it comes to the tuning of the submarine Special Operations missions, and it would not be surprising if the elements of the Block iii, ” s “, Lock-Out, the Trunk was a built-in, or extended to the Block V and VI, and the Lock-Out, Trunk has introduced a new, specialized area that can fill with water before leaving, so that the SPACE forces to quickly and quietly exit the submarine, while the rest is submerged.

The technical elements of the submarine command and control, and, very naturally, have been developed with a mind to an expected increase in the use of underwater drones. The Navy is now in the pursuit of building a fleet of UUVs in order to destroy the mines, and the conduct of lower-level risks to the forward controls, the delivery of the goods, or to fire weapons in a “human-in-the-loop.” Captain Pete Little, the Program Manager for Unmanned Maritime Systems, is aimed at this phenomenon, on the Sea, Air and Space, and told them that the service is now in development, Package XLUUV – Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle that can be configured to fire the torpedoes.

Most of all, it seems, have a number of plans for the Block V and Block VI, have been most likely to both need to remain flexible and explore a wide variety of options.

“We have a CONOPS *the Concept of Operations,” in the land, and that the operators of other vehicles on a regular basis, so that we can see what we do,” said Hanson.


Hanson stated that the Navy’s submarine-production capability is rapidly improving and this is the Block V boats were on the fast track. “I like the aggressive schemes because that is what the people are doing,” said Hanson.

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