16 januar, 2007

Interessant udvikling i den amerikanske flåde

En interessant udvikling i den amerikanske flåde:

At various times, DID has covered advance materials procurement and other contracts under the program to modify some of the USA's nuclear-powered Ohio Class SSBN nuclear missile submarines to become long range conventional strike and special operations SSGN "Tactical Tridents."

Four ultra-stealthy Ohio-class SSBNs are having their 24 Trident II D-5 nuclear ballistic missiles removed and replaced with up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles. The USA is also adding accomodation for 66-102 special forces troops, special attachments for new Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) or older Seal Delivery Vehicle (SDV) "mini-subs," and a mission control center. In future, the SSGNs may also carry UUV underwater robotic vehicles and even UAVs for aerial operations.

These modifications provide the USA with an impressive and impressively flexible set of conventional firepower, in a survivable and virtually undetectable platform that can remain on station for very long periods.