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Feb 9 15 2:02 AM
IMHO as a bubblehead...the Ohio class is the ultimate SSBN. They were built right from the beginning and have done a remarkable job. The 2 primary port concept (Bangor and Kings Bay) allowed for facilities tailored to maintaining these boats and crews in peak shape. And over time their systems have been upgraded to keep up with the latest technologies (BQQ-10 ARCI sonars, etc). I question the need to design a new class from scratch. You can easily make system changes within the existing hull volume; a newer design reactor (why not use the Virginia reactor the same way the original SSBNs used the SSNs S5 powerplants), COTS control systems, reduced length missile compartment to account for going back to 16 missiles per boat, etc; while keeping the electrical, mechanical, and internal layout configuration the same. This would save years of design time and a considerable amount of money in using pre-existing parts and components from the Ohio Class. Not to mention your crew training and maintenance learning curve would already be at a significantly advanced level.
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Feb 9 15 7:43 AM
bager1968 wrote:With the statements by the USN that SSBN(X) is to be the same length and diameter as the Ohio class, I strongly suspect that they ARE planning for a technology&design-updated Ohio-based design.
Apr 21 15 5:18 AM
Congress plans to add money into a special fund established this year for the purpose of paying for the Navy's next-generation, nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines, the Ohio Replacement Program.
The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act established the National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund as an account created specifically to fund the program; however, it did not receive funding in the initial budget request.
Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee, told Military.com that his Congressional subcommittee will add money to the fund as part of its current mark-up of the 2016 defense bill.
"We're going to put some dollars in that this year. As you know we've wanted to get that fund established," Forbes said. "I think this year you will see us actually putting dollars in there and increasing the opportunity for the Department to put additional dollars in there down the road."
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Surfgun wrote:I understand the Ohio replacement boats are to carry just 16 tubes.http://news.usni.org/2014/04/07/navy-finalized-specifications-new-ohio-replacement-boomer
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March 16, 2016
12 Navy Future SSBN(X) Nuclear Missile Submarines will cost about $96 billion to procure
The US Navy has identified the Ohio replacement program, also known as the SSBN(X) program, as the Navy’s top priority program. The Navy wants to procure the first Ohio replacement boat in FY2021, and the $773.1 million in AP funding requested for FY2017 represents the initial procurement funding for that boat.
The estimated total acquisition cost of the Ohio replacement program is about $95.8 billion in constant FY2015 dollars, including about $11.8 billion in research and development costs and about $84.0 billion in procurement costs. The Navy as of February 2015 estimated the procurement cost of the lead boat in the program at $14.5 billion in then-year dollars, including $5.7 billion in detailed design and nonrecurring engineering (DD/NRE) costs for the entire class, and $8.8 billion in construction costs for the ship itself.
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Michael Hoddy wrote:Did they finally run out of politicians to name things after?
There it is... the District of Columbia! You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.
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