New Virginia-Class Payload Module May Replace SSGN Capability

By Lee Hudson / October 24, 2011 at 5:26 AM
A new payload module slated for Virginia-class attack submarines may replace the capability provided by the Navy's four SSGN guided-missile submarines in the mid-2020s, an official said Oct. 19 during the Naval Submarine Symposium in McLean, VA. The new four-tube payload module will have 87-inch tubes and be able to carry any missile the service is using at the time, and it will even be able to carry large-diameter underwater unmanned vehicles, according to Capt. Barry Bruner, who was selected...

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