Several open-source budge documents indicate
the US Navy’s is in the process of developing lasers for its Virginia Class attack submarines
Some of these documents which date back to 2011 show that the US Navy wanted laser weapons
fitted to the Virginia Class submarines so that the submarines can take out potential
targets swiftly. This plan by U.S Navy will be one of its most
audacious moves if implemented. Some reports indicates that the laser is already
being tested. Prima facie it looks pointless since lasers
don’t work underwater. But laser weapons attached to the mast will
be able to attack targets that are above the sea level. In this video Defense Updates analyzes the
deployment of laser weapons in Virginia class submarines of the U.S Navy. Let’s get started. This video is sponsored by the free-to-play
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ship and three days of premium account time as a bonus. The Virginia class sometimes referred to as
SSN-774 class, is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the
United States Navy. Virginia class is designed to replace older
Los Angeles-class submarines, many of which have already been decommissioned. The Virginia class was intended in part as
a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf-class submarines whose production run was stopped
after just three boats had been completed. The submarines of the Virginia class are designed
for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. Their primary purpose is to take out enemy’s
surface combatants and submarines and the secondary task is to execute land-attack missions. Submarines of this class have a length of
115 m. To give viewers a perspective, the length
is slightly greater than that of a football field. These submarines displace around 7,900 tons
and are acknowledged to be able to move to depths of 240m (800 feet) but allegedly capable
of going down to 490 m (1,600 feet). A single S9G reactor that produces around
30 MW powers Virginia class submarines. The S9G reactor is designed to operate for
33 years without refueling. This enables the submarines of this class
to have a practically unlimited range, limited by only food supplies and maintenance requirements. The reactor produces enough power to propel
the submarines to over 25 knots that is 46 km/hr or 29 mph, though the actual numbers
may be significantly higher. The Virginia class ushered in many technological
advances in submarine construction. It is the first to use photonic sensors instead
of a traditional periscope. The class is equipped with high-resolution
cameras, along with light-intensification and infrared sensors as well as an infrared
laser rangefinder. Starting Block IV, the submarines incorporate
a Large-Aperture Bow (LAB) water-backed array, which replaces the traditional air-backed
spherical array. This is main sonar is one of the most powerful
sonars mounted in any of the submarines in the world. The Virginia class is built through an industrial
arrangement designed to maintain both General Dynamics Electric Boat and Huntington Ingalls
Newport News, the only two U.S. shipyards capable of building nuclear-powered submarines. The facilities alternate work on the reactor
plant as well as the final assembly, test, outfit, and delivery. Virginia class has a plethora of weapons. 1. There are Vertical Tubes to carry Tomahawk
Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLBM), unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV). These could also potentially carry non-nuclear
medium-range ballistic missiles. 2. Four 533 mm torpedo tubes for the Mk-48 torpedo. There is a capacity to carry up to 26 Mk-48
torpedoes in the weapon’s chamber. These torpedoes have a range in excess of
50 km or 31 miles and can be used to take out enemy submarines and surface vessels. 3. The boats are able to lay different types
of mines including the MK-60 CAPTOR Encapsulated Torpedo mines. 4. An integral lock-out/lock-in chamber is incorporated
into the hull for special operations. The chamber can host a mini-submarine, such
as Northrop Grumman’s Advanced SEALS Delivery System that can be used to transport special
warfare forces such as Navy SEAL teams. Documents indicate that the High Energy Laser
(HEL) would be of around 300 kilowatts. They could eventually end up to be more powerful,
up to 500 kilowatts. It will be powered by the S9G reactor. As per some reports, the initial prototype
has already been tested using a towed power generator instead. Though the U.S Navy has been tightlipped regarding
this, a laser could have several use-cases. The laser can be used as a last-ditch defense
against drones and anti-submarine helicopters. The current crop of American submarines like
most others doesn’t have any defense against air attack as they spend very little time
on the surface. This is especially true for U.S Navy subs
as they are nuclear powered, and don’t need access to atmospheric oxygen for propulation,
unlike diesel-electric subs which do so by surfacing or using a snorkel. Modern submarines generally depend on their
undersea cover to avoid attack from the air. There are exceptions, for example, Interactive
Defence and Attack System for Submarines (IDAS) is a submarine-launched, lightweight, multi-role,
fiber-optic guided missile system being developed for the German and other partner navies to
take out aerial threats. A system like IDAS is useful when the cover
of a submarine is blown. Viewers may note that modern anti-submarine
aircraft and helicopters have many ways to detect submarines. Laser weapons will have some distinct advantage
over a system like IDAS or guns. The speed of light enables them to hit their
targets almost instantaneously. Laser weapons also don’t need to carry ammunition
like traditional systems and hence they will be able to take out a much larger number of
threats constrained only by the power supply limit of the platform. This is pretty significant aa traditional
systems can run out of ammunition when encountering a large number of incoming threats like a
drone swarm. Also, a platform firing laser will be much
harder to detect than one firing a missile since laser are invisible and there is no
blast associated with it when fired. The laser could also be used to take out small
missile-firing boat likes of which are possessed by North Korea and Iran, expending torpedoes
that are limited in number is not the most effective solution in these scenarios. Laser weapons also could potentially be used
to strike high value tactical coastal targets such as radar stations. U.S President Donald Trump revealed on 19
July 2019 that the USS Boxer downed an Iranian drone. As per him, the drone came within 1,000 yards
of the U.S Navy ship and ignored “multiple calls to stand down”. Mr. Trump Speaking at the White House had
said the drone was “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew” in the Strait
of Hormuz and was “immediately destroyed.” In December last year, the U.S. Navy has confirmed
that “multiple” small Iranian boats ran alongside the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Abraham
Lincoln and other ships from her strike group as she sailed through. These incidents exhibit the emerging threats
and new challenges of modern warfare. U.S Navy already has 17 Virginia-class attack
submarines. Last year the U.S Navy awarded its largest-ever
shipbuilding contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat. The contract worth $22.2 billion will see
the construction of nine Block V Virginia-class attack submarines. So, the fleet is getting expanded. In the coming days, if these submarines get
laser weapons, it will add a lot of flexibility to the US Navy. Virginia class submarines are considered one
of the best attack subs and the inclusion of laser will give them a unique capability.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. How will it perform against hypersonic cruze missels when us don't even have it how can it been tested hahaha just like before when Russia announced about hypersonic missels and USA we can take them out day after 😂 then USA bought iron doom shit, which could not even take out Palestinian home made rockets 😂

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