Virginia class submarines are American nuclear powered hunter-killers (SSNs) which will supersede the Los Angeles class. The intermediate design of the Seawolf
class was deemed too expensive and only 3 were built.
The Virginia class features a modular hull design do that future improvements in any one are may be 'inserted' into vessels built in the future without redesigning the class.
|Length:||3||377 feet (115 m)|
|Beam:||3||34 feet (10.4 m)|
|Displacement:||4||7300/7800 tons (surfaced/submerged)||7300/7700 tons (surfaced/submerged)|
|Submerged Speed:||3||25+ knots (45+ km/h)|
4 Torpedo tubes for Mk48 ADCAP Torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles, 12 VLS tubes for Tomahawk
missiles - 38 weapon capacity including the 12 vertical launch tubes.
In defence 1 internal (reloadable) and 14 external (non-reloadable) countermeasures are carried.
The vessels will also be equipped to operate unmanned undersea vessels for various tasks.
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