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  • North Korea building secret ballistic missile submarine base

    07/22/2016 8:49:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | July 22, 2016 | Peter Foster, and agencies
    North Korea building secret ballistic missile submarine base By Peter Foster, and agencies 22 July 2016 ē 4:08pm North Korea is constructing a massive underground facility capable of sheltering ballistic missile submarine at a location on its east coast, new satellite images have shown. News of the fortified submarine pens in the port city of Sinpo comes as tension spiked again on the Korean Peninsula following a series of recent missile and weapons tests. Earlier this month North Korea tested a Pukgeukseong (Polaris) submarine-launched ballistic missile in waters off Sinpo in the Sea of Japan, deepening fears that Pyongyang is...
  • Contract for 98 Black Shark torpedoes scrapped, Indian nuclear submarine programme further delayed

    06/01/2016 12:08:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    India Today ^ | June 1, 2016 | Sandeep Unnithan
    The scrapping of a Rs 1,800 crore contract for 98 Black Shark torpedoes last week has directly impacted a critical strategic project, the construction of four 'Arihant' class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). Three of the four SSBNs were to have been equipped to fire Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes, whose purchase the Ministry of Defence (MoD) cancelled last week. The cancellation would mean modifications to the SSBN's torpedo tubes and delay induction of the second vessel by two to three years. Torpedo maker Whitehead Alenia Systemi Subacquei (WASS) is a subsidiary of Italian arms manufacturer Finmeccanica. The MoD believes Finmeccanica subsidiary...
  • Russia to disarm world's largest nuclear ballistic missile submarine

    03/11/2016 6:41:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 11 Mar, 2016
    In 2016 Russia is set to disarm the missile system of the Typhoon-class Arkhangelsk submarine, the largest in the world. The disarmament will be carried out in accordance with the New START agreement between Moscow and Washington. Working in accordance with the New START treaty between Russia and US, the countryís leading Zvezdochka shipyard in the northern Russian city of Severodvinsk will disarm the missile system of the Arkhangelsk submarine, the shipyardís press service told TASS news agency on Friday. ďWe will remove the covers of the submarineís missile launchers and seal them, thus making it impossible to use the...
  • Ohio-Class Subs Approaching Several Firsts As Navy Prepares Them To Reach 42 Years of Service

    02/03/2016 5:05:29 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | February 3, 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    The Navy‚Äôs imperative to provide ‚Äúuninterrupted strategic deterrence‚ÄĚ with its ballistic missile submarines requires it meets two goals: development of the new boats must stay on schedule, and the old boats must make it to the end of their expected service lives. The latter isn‚Äôt easy ‚Äď the Navy is counting on the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) to stick around for 42 years each, something that‚Äôs never been done. The longest-serving American submarine, the boomer USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642), retired in 2002 after 36 and a half years of service. USS Ohio (SSGN-726) has been around for just over 34...
  • The red button that could launch Britain's nuclear warheads

    01/22/2016 5:02:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    With its slightly chipped red grip and retro look, it could be the hand control for a Scalextric set or games console. In fact, the device seen here for the first time is the trigger to Britain’s nuclear deterrent, a button that when pressed could destroy hundreds of thousands of lives. It is in the hand of Lieutenant Commander Woods, the weapons engineer officer on HMS Vigilant, one of four Vanguard class submarines that carries up to eight Trident missiles armed with nuclear warheads. The 38-year-old father of three has spent 16 years training for the moment when Vigilant’s commanding...
  • Modernization of French Strategic Oceanic Force: Le Triomphant SSBN Now Fitted with M51 SLBM

    08/13/2015 4:45:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 12 August 2015
    On August 4, 2015, the French Navy (Marine Nationale) took over full responsibility and the effective command of ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Le Triomphant (S616). This transfer of responsibility is an important milestone following the refit period started in May 2013 for maintenance, repairs, modernization and adaptation to the M51 new generation submarine launched ballistic missile (SLMB). Le Triomphant will now start some trials at sea before returning in the operational cycle. An NH90 NFH Caiman transfers personnel on board French Navy Le Triomphant class SSBN. Picture: V.Guyoton © Marine Nationale Le Triomphant, head of the class commissioned in 1997,...
  • Steel predator of the Northern Fleet: A tour of the Akula nuclear sub

    07/25/2015 5:15:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | July 25, 2015 | Oleg Kuleshov
    The Akula-class nuclear submarine is the biggest in the world. Source: Oleg Kuleshov At the end of June the Dmitry Donskoi nuclear submarine left Severodvinsk, the principal base of the Northern Fleet. It entered the White Sea on a mission, one objective of which is to interact with Russia's antisubmarine forces. This is a unique vessel. The submarines of this series (Project 941, or Typhoon, according to NATO's classification) are considered the biggest in the world. Their length of 124 meters is comparable to two football fields, while the height of this naval predator is that of a nine-story building....
  • Indiaís ĎAnnihilator of Enemiesí Submarine Begins Sea Trials

    12/15/2014 8:29:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies
    The National Interest ^ | December 15, 2014 | Zachary Keck
    Indiaís first indigenous ballistic missile nuclear submarine (SSBN) began its maiden sea trials today, a senior Indian defense official announced. On Monday, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar announced that INS Arihant--which roughly translates to ďannihilator of enemiesĒ-- pulled out of Visakhapatnam Harbor this morning to begin its long awaited first sea trials. The Hindu described in the scene in unusually poetic language, writing, ďINS Arihant, with a helicopter flying over it, emerged from the breakwaters into the Bay of Bengal even as low hanging mist made it difficult to view the submarine. The submarine glided in [the] Bay partially submerged...
  • New Chinese submarine patrol puts Hawaii, Alaska within nuke range - report

    02/06/2014 9:57:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Russia Today ^ | February 06, 2014
    The Chinese are preparing to deploy submarines armed with nuclear missiles that will patrol the northern Pacific Ocean and come within range of at least two US states, according to a new report from the US Navy. The US Naval Institute (USNI) reported that the Peopleís Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has tapped the Jin-class nuclear ballistic submarines to begin patrols in 2014. The subs will carry intercontinental range missiles that are thought to have a range of no less than 14,000 kilometers (8,699 miles) and can deliver a single or multiple warheads. ďWith a range in excess of 4,000 [nautical...
  • US expert issues warning over new missile submarines (China)

    07/25/2013 2:53:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | July 24, 2013 | William Lowther
    US expert issues warning over new missile submarines Taiwan should be ďvery concernedĒ by reports that Chinaís navy will soon begin the first sea patrols of a new class of strategic missile submarines, a US military expert said on Tuesday. ďWhile these missiles may not be aimed at Taiwan per se, they are aimed at Americaís capacity to resist Chinese aggression against Taiwan,Ē International Assessment and Strategy Center senior fellow Richard Fisher said. He was responding to questions from the Taipei Times following publication by the Washington Times this week of a report that US defense officials believe Beijing will...
  • ABC new show about SSBN and war with Pakistan.

    07/07/2012 8:37:17 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 8 replies
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  • Russian Delta IV SSBN Yekaterinburg will need two years to recover from fire.

    06/18/2012 7:00:31 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 16 replies
    RUS NAVY ^ | June 18 2012
    Repair of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Yekaterinburg suffered fire in Dec 2011 will start on June 21 at JSC Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center and last up to the middle of 2014, reports RIA Novosti referring to a source in the shipyard. According to the source, SSBN Yekaterinburg (Project 667BDRM Delfin) will arrive at the yard on June 21. "Through the next two years, the sub's technical availability will be recovered; it is also planned to carry out emergency repairs of sonar system damaged by fire", reports the news agency. The source of RIA Novosti said that "recovery works on...
  • SSBN Yury Dolgoruky to Join Russian Navy by July 29

    06/10/2012 1:00:49 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 6 replies
    RUS NAVY ^ | June 6 2012
    Project 955 Borei nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Yury Dolgoruky will be commissioned till the Russian Navy Day, i.e. by July 29, reports news agency Rosbalt referring to RIA Novosti. Reportedly, that was announced by a high-ranking officer of United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC). "The sub's acceptance certificate will be signed in the end of July, namely by the Russian Navy Day. Signing of that document means commissioning into Russian Navy", said the USC representative. According to him, after that it is planned to prepare documents for putting the sub in service along with her standard weapon Ė SLBM Bulava.
  • Submarines: The Quiet Bulwark of the Russian Navy

    03/20/2012 9:22:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 20/03/2012 | Konstantin Bogdanov
    Submarines: The Quiet Bulwark of the Russian Navy The Russian submarine fleet is marking its 106th anniversary perhaps not in the best of shapes. Nevertheless, its role today is more important than ever. Today it appears to be fulfilling what might even be called a crucial role. Russia has not even managed to hold onto the position held by the Soviet Union in terms of the number of surface ships and their combat potential (add to that the fact that back then the Soviet Navy was objectively weaker than the American Navy already). The submarine fleet was handed a dubious...
  • Video: A C-5 Galaxy Air Launches an ICBM.

    02/24/2012 5:14:32 PM PST · by U-238 · 67 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 3/1/2012 | Defense tech
    In the 1970s, the Air Force launched a Minuteman ICBM launched from a C-5 Galaxy. Hold on, what!?!? That was my reaction upon learning that the above sentence is true. In 1974, the Air Force decided that it could turn C-5 Galaxy airlifters into flying SSBNs. Yup, Air Force planners thought the missile would be tougher for the Soviets to take out with a preemptive strike if it was already aboard a moving target like a C-5 versus sitting in a stationary missile silo. So, they loaded a Minuteman into a C-5 that parachute-dropped the 60-foot tall missile out of...
  • Russia scraps Typhoon nuclear submarines: timeline of a Cold War Symbol

    09/29/2011 12:52:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies · 3+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 29 Sep 2011 | Andrew Osborn
    Russia scraps Typhoon nuclear submarines: timeline of a Cold War Symbol The Russian navy is planning to scrap its legendary Typhoon-class nuclear submarine by 2014, at least five years early. By Andrew Osborn, Moscow 6:18PM BST 29 Sep 2011 Here are the main dates in its history: 1974: Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev gives a speech talking about a new type of ballistic nuclear missile submarine and mentions the word 'typhoon,' prompting Nato to christen the new vessel the Typhoon class. 1976: Construction work on the first submarine begins at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia. 1980: The first submarine of...
  • Why China Wants South China Sea

    07/18/2011 8:35:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | July 18, 2011 | Tetsuo Kotani
    Why China Wants South China Sea East Asia | Security | China July 18, 2011By Tetsuo Kotani Beijing is interested in more than just energy and fishery resources. The area is also integral to its nuclear submarine strategy. In an effort to underscore its importance to Asia, geostrategist Nicholas Spykman once described it as the ĎAsiatic Mediterranean.í More recently, it has been dubbed the ĎChinese Caribbean.í And, just as Rome and the United States have sought control over the Mediterranean and Caribbean, China now seeks dominance over the South China Sea. Itís clear that Chinaís claims and recent assertiveness have...
  • A Rare Glimpse Aboard One Of Franceís Silent But Deadly Nuclear Submarines

    07/18/2011 11:26:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies · 1+ views
    LE MONDE, France ^ | 07/18/2011 | Nathalie Guibert
    A Rare Glimpse Aboard One Of Franceís Silent But Deadly Nuclear Submarines For France, nuclear deterrence is very much an underwater affair. At all times, one of the countryís four ballistic missile submarines quietly patrols the ocean depths. Armed to the teeth, each vessel is equipped to carry more than a dozen nuclear missiles. A view from inside France's retired "Le Redoutable" sub By Nathalie Guibert LE MONDE/Worldcrunch Itís an abrupt shock to the ears, and it causes the eyes to widen, like a newborn who is hearing for the first time. The sound of shrimp resonates within the helmet,...
  • Baby Boomers Will Upgrade U.S. Sub Fleet

    03/02/2011 7:19:41 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies ^ | Mar 2, 2011 | Michael Fabey
    Baby Boomers Will Upgrade U.S. Sub Fleet Mar 2, 2011 By Michael Fabey With its ballistic-missile submarine replacement program anchored by milestone authority and a fiscal 2012 request for about $1.1 billion in R&D funding, the U.S. Navy is set to develop and build SSBN(X) boats without sinking the rest of its shipbuilding plan. While it is apparent the Navy plans to use the Virginia-class attack submarine program as a template for the SSBN(X), there is uncertainty about whether the new boomers will resemble a modified Virginia, improved version of the current SSBN model or a hybrid of both. What...
  • Navy Hunts For New Subs

    02/09/2011 4:00:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/8/2011 | Michael Fabey
    Thanks to the recent announcement that the Pentagon is officially on board ó for now ó with the general strategy to buy replacement submarines for the Ohio-class strategic boats, it is time to hunt for the next fleet of boomers. This is no small Pentagon program by any measure. For fiscal 2012, the Navy estimates it will spend about $1 billion for research and development alone for the replacement program, according to sub-builder General Dynamics Electric Boat Division. It will likely cost up to $40 billion just to buy the subs, and overall program costs could reach $100 billion or...
  • A Sooner Boomer: DoD OKs SSBN-X

    02/08/2011 11:22:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | 2/8/2011 | John Reed
    Well, itís happening. About a month before Defense Secretary Robert Gates unveiled his budget plans that emphasizes strategic weapons, the Pentagon gave the Navy the green light to start developing technology for a 21st century fleet of ballistic missile subs. The service received the go ahead, called Milestone A approval, after the Pentagonís top weapons buyer Ashton Carter and the Defense Acquisition Board approved the project on Dec. 9. Now, the Navy can figure out exactly what it wants the new class to do in terms of operational requirements and determine what technology will be needed to meet those requirements....
  • Forecast International Projects $106+ Billion Submarine Market

    01/11/2011 8:44:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Forecast International Projects $106+ Billion Submarine Market British, U.S. navies are evaluating successors to their existing SSBNs. 111 submarines expected to be produced from 2011 to 2020 10:05 GMT, January 11, 2011 NEWTOWN, Conn. | Forecast Internationalís ďThe Market for SubmarinesĒ analysis projects that 111 submarines worth $106.7 billion will be produced from 2011-2020. The average value of these submarines will be $960 million, an indicator of the growing complexity of the modern submarine and the increasing use of air-independent propulsion, both of which add substantially to the cost of diesel-electric boats. ďOver the long term, constant shifts in the...
  • Nevsky and Novomoskovsk: Two submarines for Putin

    12/15/2010 7:36:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 15/12/2010 | Ilya Kramnik
    Nevsky and Novomoskovsk: Two submarines for Putin Vladimir Putin visited Sevmash ¬© RIA Novosti. –ź–Ľ–Ķ–ļ—Ā–Ķ–Ļ –Ě–ł–ļ–ĺ–Ľ—Ć—Ā–ļ–ł–Ļ Ilya Kramnik, RIA Novosti military commentator Ilya Kramnik, RIA Novosti military commentator On December 13, 2010, Vladimir Putin visited Sevmash, a major shipbuilding company in Russia. His visit was timed to coincide with a significant addition to Russia's strategic nuclear naval forces. In the last few days, the company has released two strategic ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) - the overhauled K-407 Novomoskovsk and the newly built K-550 Alexander Nevsky. The Novomoskovsk is part of Project 667BDRM and the Alexander Nevsky is part of Project...
  • Chinaís Sea-Based Nuclear Deterrent in 2020

    10/22/2010 7:55:48 AM PDT · by · 1 replies · 1+ views
    This article addresses three major analytical questions: first, what are four alternative force structures for Chinaís nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) fleet in 2020? Second, what are the costs and benefits for each alternative future? Third, which force structure is Beijing mostly likely to adopt and why? This article hypothesizes that the future of Chinaís sea-based nuclear deterrent lies not with the much-heralded Type 094 Jin-class boats but with its follow-on, the nascent Type 096 SSBN. Once fully operational, Chinaís SSBN fleet will enhance Chinaís strategic strike portfolio and strengthen Beijingís overall deterrence posture by providing enhanced range, mobility, stealth,...
  • Leaks in India's submarine strategy

    09/28/2010 4:03:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Sep 29, 2010 | Peter J Brown
    Leaks in India's submarine strategy By Peter J Brown India's emphasis on undersea warfare is growing, but too slowly for many experts. Today, the Indian navy's submarine fleet - India's "silent service" - is beset with numerous problems and delays. In China, the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) shows no sign of backing off its plans to gradually increase its presence in the Indian Ocean. This influx of Chinese naval vessels does not pose an immediate threat to India's national security, but the situation could change. Russia, however, may wield considerable influence over the flow of events. While Russia continues...
  • The Soviet Fleet's white elephant: The Dmitry Donskoy turns thirty

    09/21/2010 12:42:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 21/09/2010 | Ilya Kramnik
    The Soviet Fleet's white elephant: The Dmitry Donskoy turns thirty On September 23 1980, a cutting edge Soviet nuclear ballistic missile submarine set out from the Severodvinsk shipyards. The lead vessel of the Soviet third generation Project 941 Akula class (NATO reporting name Typhoon) of ballistic missile submarines, better known to readers by its nickname, the Dmitry Donskoy, was unique in many ways. It was designed as the world's largest submarine, and its displacement of nearly 50,000 metric tons put it in the same class as battleships and aircraft carriers, the largest warships ever. This Dmitry Donskoy and her five...
  • U.S. Navy Marks 50th Anniversary of First Submerged Launch of Fleet Ballistic Missile Built

    07/20/2010 9:39:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Defense Porfessionals ^ | 7/20/2010 | Defense Porfessionals
    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs' first underwater launch of a Fleet Ballistic Missile, which was designed and built by Lockheed Martin The Polaris A1 missile successfully launched from the submerged USS George Washington (SSBN-598), the first ballistic missile submarine, July 20, 1960, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Fla. This successful Navy test proved the capability of launching missiles from the natural protection of the deep sea, securing a strategic advantage to the nation. In 1956, as part of a Navy-industry research and development effort, the first Fleet Ballistic Missile, Polaris A1, became...
  • Nuclear subs could be cut from four to three ( UK )

    07/13/2010 10:47:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    scotsman ^ | 14 July 2010
    BRITAIN'S fleet of nuclear submarines could be reduced to save money, but the renewal of the Trident system represented good value for money, said Defence Secretary Liam Fox. Dr Fox said the number of submarines may be cut from four to three if it could be done while maintaining the UK's "continuous at-sea" deterrence, but any decisions on reducing the fleet would not be taken until 2014/15. Nearly three-quarters of opinion formers in Britain think the government should either scrap the country's nuclear weapons or look for a cheaper alternative, according to a poll published yesterday
  • DOD Seeks 'Alternative Concepts' To Cut Cost Of New Nuclear Subs

    06/04/2010 7:45:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 293+ views
    Inside Defense ^ | 6/04/2010 | Christopher J. Castelli
    The Defense Department is seeking "alternative concepts" to cut the huge cost of acquiring new submarines armed with nuclear ballistic missiles that would patrol the world's oceans for decades to come, according to DOD's No. 2 policy official. Defense Secretary Robert Gates questioned the program's affordability last month, days before launching a broad push to find savings across the department. The new SSBN(X) subs would replace the existing Ohio-class boomers that DOD considers the most survivable leg of the nuclear triad. The Navy estimates the lead SSBN(X), slated for purchase in 2019, would cost $9 billion, and a dozen would...
  • Osama Killer Missile Fails; No Conventional Tridents

    04/28/2010 8:38:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 620+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 4/27/2010 | Colin Clark
    Cruise missiles are highly accurate but they have to be fired from a distance and they take a fair amount of time to get where they are going. So they are great for fixed targets, but their limitations have left the Pentagon scratching its head for half a decade trying to find something that can be launched and hit its target anywhere in the world within an hour or so. One of the key drivers behind this effort has been to develop a weapon that could kill a terrorist like Osama bin Laden anywhere in the world without having to...
  • New Russian Subs Await Missiles

    01/12/2010 6:26:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 460+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/12/2010 | Maxim Pyadushkin
    Development of strategic nuclear forces remains the top priority for the Russian military. Within the nuclear triad, the military has a big stake in reinforcing naval strategic forces, although the other two elements, ground-based missiles and strategic bombers, are also being modernized. The navy accounts for approximately 40% of the defense ministryís budget, according to Vice Premier Sergey Ivanov, who discussed spending in mid-2009. ďItís much more than is spent on strategic missile forces, space forces and the air force put together. Itís hundreds of billions of rubles,Ē he said, adding that the navyís money will be mainly spent for...
  • Trident Never Fails

    01/11/2010 2:01:58 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 870+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/25/2009 | The Strategy Page
    While the new Russian Bulava SLBM (Sea Launched Ballistic Missile) continues to fail flight tests, its U.S. counterpart, the much older, 58 ton, 44 foot long Trident II, has not failed to launch successfully in twenty years. Since 1989, none of more than 120 test launches have failed. The Trident had two failures during its 49 development test launches, but since then, it has been the most reliable SLBM to ever enter service. Each Trident II costs about $65 million, and entered service in 1990. Some of them are fired every year, to insure that the current configuration (of hardware...
  • Bulava Blues Blocks More Boreis

    12/23/2009 12:09:51 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 480+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/22/2009 | The Strategy Page
    Russia has delayed, for at least a few months, starting construction of their fourth Borei class SSBN (ballistic missile nuclear subs, or "boomers"). Russia wants to have the new Borei class boats replace the current Delta IV class SSBNs. The first Borei is already in the service, but not yet commissioned, and two others are under construction. The problem, and unofficial reason for the delay, is the inability to make the new Bulava SLBM (Sea Launched Ballistic Missile) work. The latest Bulava test was a spectacular failure (which lit up the pre-dawn sky of northern Norway, for all to see)....
  • Look At The Pretty Lights

    12/13/2009 9:36:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1,023+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/13/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The latest test of Russia new Bulava SLBM (Sea Launched Ballistic Missile) was a spectacular failure. The test took place off the northern coast of Russia early on December 10th. The failure resulted in a brilliant light show, in the pre-dawn sky, that was visible to many in Norway. At first the Russians denied that the spectacular lights had anything to do with them. But within a day, they admitted it was Bulava failing its 13th flight test. Last August Russian political and military leaders became upset (make that VERY upset) at the inept development of the new Bulava missile....
  • Dive bombers(Britain's Trident nuclear submarines)

    01/20/2008 3:46:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies · 939+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | January 20, 2008 | Michael Bilton
    Dive bombers They can wipe out entire nations, and the British government plans to build even more. Are our Trident nuclear submarines essential for peacekeeping, or are they just expensive relics of the cold war? Michael Bilton meets the men with their fingers on the trigger. Photographs by Simon Norfolk Gordon Brown had been prime minister for only a few days when he learnt what it is to be the only person who can order the launch of Britainís nuclear weapons. He sat down to write a personal letter to the commanders of the Royal Navyís four Trident missile-carrying submarines....
  • Cruise missile sub

    12/23/2007 1:06:09 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies · 268+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2007 | Bill Gertz
    The Navy this month completed its fourth conversion of a U.S. nuclear ballistic missile submarine into an extremely powerful, conventionally armed cruise missile launcher and covert transporter of U.S. special operations force. The last converted missile sub the USS Georgia is now being readied for deployment around the world at its home port of Kings Bay, Ga., said skipper, Cmdr. Rodney E. Hutton. The conversion of the nuclear missile submarines into Tomahawk-firing submarines is one element of a new Pentagon strategy of building up forces to be ready to counter any emerging threat from China. Cmdr. Hutton said the Georgia...
  • China ballistic missile submarine force growing: US navy

    03/05/2007 4:22:53 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies · 1,616+ views
    Today Online,Singapore ^ | March 3, 2007
    China ballistic missile submarine force growing: US navy China is conducting sea trials of the first of five new nuclear-powered submarines armed with longer-range ballistic missiles, according to a US naval intelligence report made public Friday. . The sea trials are part of a broader push by China to check US naval power in the western Pacific with a more modern fleet of nuclear-powered ballistic missile and attack submarines, the Office of Naval Intelligence said. . The first of the new nuclear ballistic missile submarines, designated the Type 094 SSBN, could begin operating as early as 2008, it said. ....
  • Living on the nuclear front line-British Trident submarines

    02/23/2007 10:55:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 734+ views
    BBC News ^ | 22 February 2007 | James Shaw
    Living on the nuclear front line By James Shaw BBC News at Faslane Naval Base The BBC is given a glimpse inside a Trident submarine ahead of the future of the fleet being put to the vote in Westminster. Climbing down the shaft of a Trident submarine's escape tower into the body of the vessel is like entering another world. One of narrow, low passages, cramped living quarters and working areas which are a dazzling array of computer screens and control panels. During a routine 90-day patrol, the interior of the sub is the only world the crew know. Just...
  • Brown in favour of updating British Trident

    06/21/2006 8:02:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 705+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 22/06/2006 | By George Jones, Political Editor
    Brown in favour of updating Trident By George Jones, Political Editor (Filed: 22/06/2006) Gordon Brown promised last night to approve the updating of Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent in an attempt to show that a Labour government led by him would not swing back to the Left or be "soft" on defence. In a move that will anger Left-wing MPs, the Chancellor told business leaders and financiers that as Prime Minister he would be "strong" in fighting terrorism, supporting the Armed Forces and "retaining our independent nuclear deterrent". Treasury sources said Mr Brown, who in the past has been criticised for...
  • USS Alabama Offloads Last of C4 Trident Missiles

    11/05/2005 5:06:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 1,149+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Nov 5, 2005 | Journalist 1st Class Mary Popejoy
    SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- Distinguished visitors and the crew of USS Alabama (SSBN 731) came together to witness the decommissioning of the C4 Trident I Weapons System at the Explosive Handling Wharf on Naval Base Kitsap in late October. The crew of Alabama had just completed offloading the final 24 rounds of Trident I C4 missiles to go to sea, the last ever. "Your outstanding work during the last two weeks of offload, and the four weeks of preparation preceding it, exemplifies your contribution to the deterrence of war," said Cmdr. Mel Lee, commanding officer, USS Alabama (Gold). "This is...
  • USS Pennsylvania Wins Omaha Trophy, ďBest of the BestĒ

    07/26/2005 4:18:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 698+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | July 26, 2005 | Journalist 1st Class (SW) Michael S. Howlett
    SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor-based fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) was recognized as the U.S. Navyís best Trident submarine July 25 when it was presented the 2004 U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Omaha Trophy. The annual award is given to three operational units, recognizing their outstanding contributions to USSTRATCOMís diverse mission of strategic deterrence. The three competitive categories are Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Command, a Submarine Ballistic Missile Command, and the original Strategic Aircraft Command. Gen. James Cartwright, commander, USSTRATCOM, made the trip from Omaha, Neb., to the NBK Bangor waterfront to publicly acknowledge the...
  • Russia to Deliver 2 Boomers in 2006 With New SLBMs(launch sub version of TOPOLs)

    04/30/2005 11:52:35 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 1,047+ views
    Russia to Deliver 2 Boomers in 2006 With New SLBMs Posted 29-Apr-2005 06:40 Related stories: Budgets, Missile Defense, New Systems Tech, Non-U.S., Nuclear, Submarine ForcesAlso on this day: 29-Apr-2005 Ā‚ Project 941 'Typhoon' Sub The Russian Navy has announced that 2006 will see the deployment of two new strategic nuclear missile submarines (SSBNs, a.k.a. "boomers") armed with SS-NX-30 Bulava sea-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), a sea-launched variant of their new land-based SS-27 Topol-M ICBM. One sub will be a restored Typhoon Class vessel, while the other will be a new SSBN class design. The TK-208 "Dmitry Donskoi" is a Project...
  • China Develops Threatening Naval Force Against Taiwan

    09/16/2002 2:02:52 PM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 5 replies · 498+ views
    Navy News and Undersea Technology | September 16, 2002 | Samuel Loring Morison
    China is developing larger surface ships, ballistic missile submarines (SSBN), nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSN) and conventional submarines, so it will be able to blockade Taiwan and deter any involvement of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in the Taiwan Strait by the end of this decade. For this purpose, the development of SSBN's has been given priority, to build up a nuclear deterrence. In 2001, after seven years of refit and modernization work, China's single SSBN of the Xia Class, Type 092G (G: Gai Lian, meaning modification) was re-commissioned. It is believed the vessel received the JL-1A ballistic missile, the effective...