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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2018 8:45 p.m. PST

…More Lethal – And More Expensive.


"The Navy's next class fast attack submarine will be designed for a return to blue-water great power competition, where the ability to support forces ashore is less important than operating in the open ocean hunting rival submarines, according to an analysis of the Navy's 30 Year shipbuilding plan conducted by Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The Navy plans to start purchasing this new class of submarine in 2034. Previously the SSN(X) class were assumed to be a successor to the current Virginia-class submarine, complete with the Virginia Payload Module (VPM) – a vertical launch system that increases the number of Tomahawk-sized weapons from 12 to 40 – and other acoustic and technological design improvements, according to the CBO analysis released Thursday….."
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Lion in the Stars23 Oct 2018 1:20 p.m. PST

Hrm.

Going more towards the Seawolf design than the Virginia… Well, hopefully with what we have learned about building the Virginias, we can get that unit cost down.

One thing I hate is that the CBO always includes development costs with the unit costs. Those are two separate things, and the Development costs are sunk, there is no way to get that money back, at all, ever.

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