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Navy Orders Two Hellfire SSMM Systems for LCS

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Navy has ordered two more Surface-to-Surface Missile Modules (SSMMs) for integration into the Surface Warfare Mission Package of the littoral combat ships, bring to four the number of SSMMs on order.  The Naval Sea Systems…

Admiral: Submarine-Launched UAS Proving ‘Awesome Capability’

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has developed and demonstrated a submarine-launched unmanned aerial system (SLUAS) for beyond line-of-sight targeting solutions and deployed it to the fleet in September 2020, the Navy’s submarine procurement admiral said.  Rear Adm. Dave Goggins, program…

Admiral: Block VI Virginia SSN Leads to Next-Generation SSN

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has announced features for the Block VI version of the Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarine (SSN), which will be the steppingstone to the next-generation SSN (SSNX).  “Block VI continues that trend of delivering increasingly capable and lethal…

Admiral: Navy Needs Steady Course on Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Navy is pushing hard to field more and different types of operational unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) but needs a steady-growth approach to match technology with testing and training.   The UUV progress is “very promising and…

Marines’ Presidential Helicopter Headed for IOC in July

ARLINGTON, Va. — The next generation of executive transport helicopter for the president of the United States is planned for Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in July 2021, a Navy spokeswoman said, but the decision of when to place the aircraft…

Columbia SSBN Hull Shows Potential for SSGN, Admiral Says

ARLINGTON, Va. — The hull form of the U.S. Navy’s Columbia-class ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) has characteristics that may lend themselves to be ideal for a future guided-missile submarine (SSGN), the Columbia’s program executive officer said.   “The light we learned from…

Navy to Field Hypersonic Weapon First on SSGNs

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Navy plans to deploy its conventional hypersonic weapon, known as the Conventional Prompt Strike (CSP) capability, on submarines by 2025, the admiral in charge of strategic weapons said.   The CSP will be deployed by the…

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