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Scout Warrior: Could a New X-Stern and Electric Drive Motor Make the Ohio Replacement Program Submarine the Stealthiest in the World?
The Navy hopes emerging "quieting" technologies will make its new nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines the stealthiest that ever existed.
The Navy’s new nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines will incorporate a stealthy “X”-shaped stern and noise-reducing electric drive technology as a way to try to engineer the quietest and least-detectable submarine in the history of the world, senior service officials said.
The emerging Ohio Replacement Program ballistic missile submarines, designed to patrol the undersea domain performing a crucial strategic deterrence missions, is slated to be operational by the 2030s and serve through the 2080s.
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Update #1: US Developing 'Quietest and Least-Detectable Sub' in the World (Sputnik)
Update #2: Document: Report to Congress on Navy Columbia Class Submarine Program (USNI News)
Update #3: Navy Ohio Replacement Sub Class to Be Named for D.C. (USNI News)
WNU Editor: I suspect that the cost for one of these subs will be the second most costliest product for the Pentagon to buy (after aircraft carriers).