US Navy Wants More Missiles Onboard New Submarines

The US Navy is preparing an early armament concept for its new submarines that will join the Virginia-class, according to

The Navy wants to increase the number of tomahawk missiles, which will equip the new submarines.

Currently, the Virginia class submarines have a maximum of 12 tomahawk missiles and this should be increased up to 40.

The extra-tomahawk capacity is needed because the Navy plans to retire four guided missile submarines from 2026 to 2028.

The Virginia-class submarines are a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the United States Navy.

They 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, and they are planned to replace the older Los Angeles-class submarines, twenty of which have already been decommissioned (from a total of 62 built).

Naval Today Staff, September 13, 2013


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